HOUSTON STREETCAR HISTORY PAGES

Here are some links relating to Houston & Texas transportation and history:

Bellaire Streetcar.  A page of photos showing the trolley on display at the location of the end of the Bellaire streetcar line.  The car (the only preserved streetcar in Houston) is actually from Portugal, and was imported as an historical display.  Although not exactly the same as any of the cars which operated in Houston, it is representative of a typical American-built Brill single truck streetcar.  The adjacent building was used as a waiting shelter for passengers, and is the only surviving structure of Houston's streetcar system.  It has recently been restored to its original appearance.

METRO Light Rail. Official news and information about Houston's light rail line.

Historic Houston.  Historic preservation resources and information.

Galveston Trolley, Replica trolleys (powered by internal combustion engines) operate in Galveston.  Although geared mainly to tourists, the present route has been extended which will make it more useful to local residents.

Texas Freeways.  A web site dedicated to the history of freeways in Houston and other Texas cities.  Includes several early photos of the Gulf Freeway, a portion of which was constructed on the right of way of Houston's Park Place streetcar line.  Contrary to popular belief, outside the Houston city limits the Gulf Freeway did NOT follow the right of way of the Galveston-Houston interurban (this right of way still exists, hosting electric power lines).

Gulf Coast NRHS.  Operates a railroad museum in Houston.

Bayou City History. An entertaining blog that delves into some little-known aspects of Houston's history.

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority.  Operates historic trolleys on the streets of Dallas.  This is the only place in the state of Texas where one can ride authentic restored vintage streetcars.

Other recommended sites for streetcar history:

Seashore Trolley Museum.  The nation's oldest and largest museum of electric traction.   Site includes a very comprehensive collection of traction links.

The Trolley Stop.  A nice introduction to the history of the streetcar, illustrated with vintage postcards and photos.

East Penn Traction Club.  Includes a collection of links covering trolley museums, traction history sites, and the model traction hobby.

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Last updated 09/22/10.