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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=92536
Submitted by: Low-Tech Redneck
Comments: 3  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 02-16-2015
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Motorists in 1962 Milwaukee had to keep their eyes open for trains as well as other cars, the streets at the time were still used by the interurban North Shore Line that ran from there south to Chicago.


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2-16-2015 @ 11:37:15 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
"Interurban" railways were common in the US from the early 1900's and into the 1950's. They sprang up as the major cities electrified themselves and served as a hybrid between railroads and bus lines to connect metro areas in an era when the road network wasn't as robust as it is today, and your average person still did not own a car.

The arrival of the freeway and rapid growth of personal autos after WWII doomed most of these systems to be abandoned wholesale or acquired by traditional freight railroads for their industrial trackage.

But in the midwest, particularly around Chicago, they managed to hang on a little longer, with operations on lines like the North Shore not ceasing until well into the 60's.

2-16-2015 @ 11:59:56 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
Reminds me of the rail line that still runs trains down several streets in Santa Cruz, including down the middle of busy one-way Beach Street in front of the boardwalk.
Notice in the above video it's actually traveling against traffic. I don't know how often it does that; I thought it only went with traffic flow.

2-17-2015 @ 01:27:27 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
Both Pittsburgh and Philly still have remnants of their original interurban lines integrated into their modern day subway/light rail systems.

SEPTA still runs the original 50's era trolleys on the North end of Philadelphia, and the line runs right by my brother's apartment, shakes the building a little bit each time.

Pittsburgh's light rail system is pretty much the same, in fact, they ran their PCC trolley cars on it all the way up to the early 90's before replacing them with more modern European equipment.

Both my Grandparent's home towns (Reading and Latrobe) had interurban systems that went out of business the instant WW2 ended and people could drive again.

[Edited by Low-Tech Redneck on 2-17-2015 @ 01:29:03 AM]

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