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The Houston street car book has route maps, but I wasn't able to find a copy at Brazos. I haven't tried the library yet. I can buy a copy directly from the author but it's a bit pricey.

Does anyone have a map of the original routes?

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The Houston street car book has route maps, but I wasn't able to find a copy at Brazos. I haven't tried the library yet. I can buy a copy directly from the author but it's a bit pricey.

Does anyone have a map of the original routes?

Glad you brought this up. I was told of a book called Electric Houston which supposedly focuses on history

of our 1st street cars. So far I have had no luck finding it. As I mentioned in another thread there is a cool book titled Historic Photos of Houston which have great shots of ribbon cuttings, etc. :)

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Glad you brought this up. I was told of a book called Electric Houston which supposedly focuses on history

of our 1st street cars. So far I have had no luck finding it. As I mentioned in another thread there is a cool book titled Historic Photos of Houston which have great shots of ribbon cuttings, etc. :)

I think Houston Electric can only be purchased from the author at his Web site. I've never seen it for sale at any of the major bookstores.

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I think Houston Electric can only be purchased from the author at his Web site. I've never seen it for sale at any of the major bookstores.

Fantastic! See if it wasn't for haif or Gonzo this wouldnt have been possible! Thanks!

ps I wonder if the Gonzo is in reference to Ted Nugent's Double-Gonzo album 1978-ish? yes/no/maybe!? :lol:

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Thanks everyone. I'll probably end up buying a copy of the book as well. I haven't been to the Houston Room in a while... sounds like a trip might be in order.

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I think Houston Electric can only be purchased from the author at his Web site. I've never seen it for sale at any of the major bookstores.

I have a copy of that book in my libary at home!

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I have a copy of that book in my libary at home!

Me too, it is an excellent look at Houston in the rail era, magnificent pictures and so much detail that any local history buff can hardly do without this gem.

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I think Houston Electric can only be purchased from the author at his Web site. I've never seen it for sale at any of the major bookstores.

The best place to look for books on local topics is Brazos Bookstore on Bissonnet. You might also want to try a couple used book sites. I've found books like this at Powells from Portland before.

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Glad to find this post. Just purchased the book! I can't believe we went backwards on this over the years. Glad to see us SLOWLY stepping forward again. Can you imagine how rich the city would be to have been able to revitalize along the same routes and stations?

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Check out this link:

http://www.cg-publishing.com/railroads.jpg

I lived in Uptown Dallas for a while and loved the McKinney street line. I was told that the reason that they were able to bring the McKinney line back was the discovery that the original tracks were still under the asphalt.

Looking at the streetcar Map, I wonder if the tracks are still under Washington Ave? Has anyone heard if this has ever been checked? I wonder who would know?

Greg

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Check out this link:

http://www.cg-publishing.com/railroads.jpg

I lived in Uptown Dallas for a while and loved the McKinney street line. I was told that the reason that they were able to bring the McKinney line back was the discovery that the original tracks were still under the asphalt.

Looking at the streetcar Map, I wonder if the tracks are still under Washington Ave? Has anyone heard if this has ever been checked? I wonder who would know?

Greg

 

It's likely that the tracks were torn out many years ago. The most likely explanation is that the tracks were torn out during either the beginning of the Great Depression for the scrap value, or during the start of WW2 to help the war effort. It's most likely that it was a combination of the two. It's possible that some small sections of track still exist, but highly unlikely.

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There was another post where until the 1980s, many of the downtown-area roads were just layers of asphalt on top of brick, oyster shell, and dirt, and they were torn out and totally rebuilt.

Some of this did include streetcar tracks, apparently.

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There was another post where until the 1980s, many of the downtown-area roads were just layers of asphalt on top of brick, oyster shell, and dirt, and they were torn out and totally rebuilt.

Some of this did include streetcar tracks, apparently.

 

Yep - though the rebuild began in the very late 1990s.

 

IIRC, the previous major downtown street project was just after WWII; part of it was to remove the streetcar tracks.

 

They didn't.  Surprise.

 

As a result, and along with a number of other surprises (like the giant concrete foundation under Main at McKinney) the rebuild ended up taking a lot longer than originally projected.

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It's likely that the tracks were torn out many years ago. The most likely explanation is that the tracks were torn out during either the beginning of the Great Depression for the scrap value, or during the start of WW2 to help the war effort. It's most likely that it was a combination of the two. It's possible that some small sections of track still exist, but highly unlikely.

Don't disagree that it is highly unlikely that the rail has stayed in place but interesting that the rails were left up in Dallas. Also, I wouldn't expect the downtown rail to be there but Washington Ave hasn't seen nearly as much attention as the downtown streets (not unlike McKinney in Dallas).

A Washington Ave trolley would be a perfect compliment to what's going on in the area and maybe eventually extend to Montrose and Midtown (I can dream!)

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A few years ago, when N. Main St was being rebuilt through Sunset Heights, I remember seeing the work crew excavate some of the old railroad ties from the streetcar line.  The rails themselves had been removed in the early 1940s, and probably melted down as scrap for the war effort.

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There was another post where until the 1980s, many of the downtown-area roads were just layers of asphalt on top of brick, oyster shell, and dirt, and they were torn out and totally rebuilt.

Some of this did include streetcar tracks, apparently.

 

Some of the tracks are still in place. When the temps are just right you can see them here and there on the old right of ways. But the majority of the tracks have all been torn up. Now many of the right of ways are still in place and some are even hiking and biking trails now. It is fun to walk them. Just be careful a few of the trails go through some pretty rough areas. 

 

I have always wondered why the new Metro rail line did not just follow the old Street car right of ways. Woudl have been so much easier and caused a lot less problems. 

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