Cleveland and Its Streetcars
Cleveland and Its Streetcars takes the reader back to when railway cars dominated the local street scene. The book focuses on the era of 1910-1954, from the time that Cleveland Railway Company took over operation of the consolidated streetcar lines to the day that the last streetcar rumbled over the city's streets. Cleveland's trailer trains, articulated cars, and its Peter Witt car model were widely admired by the nation, and the streetcar reigned supreme through the end of World War II. In 1942, the Cleveland Transit System (CTS) took over the streetcar lines, and eager to "modernize" its fleet, it decided to replace the streetcars with buses, trackless trolleys, and a crosstown rapid transit line. After the end of the war, in May 1945, the first post-war conversion took place. Then the pace of replacing the streetcars with rubber-tired vehicles quickened. By 1954, the task was complete. This book, with over 200 photographs, documents this changing Cleveland scene--when a wonderful era in transportation flourished and then, sadly, disappeared.
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55th Street line Anthony F automobiles Avenue and East Avenue line Avenue service Bill Cook photograph Broadview Broadway Brookpark Road Bruce Young collection building city's Clair Clark Avenue Cleveland Electric Railway Cleveland Press photograph Cleveland Railway Company Cleveland Transit System Denison Avenue Denison Station Detroit Avenue Detroit-Superior Bridge dinkey East 55th Street East 9th Euclid Avenue Euclid Avenue car fleet G. C. Kuhlman Car Harvard Yard Harvard-Denison inbound intersection Jim Spangler collection Jim Spangler photograph Jim Toman collection Kinsman Krisak photograph Kuhlman Car Company last day Lorain Avenue Louis Car Company Madison outbound Parade of Progress passengers PCC cars private right-of-way Prospect Avenue Public Square Railroad tracks ramp rapid transit Richard Krisak collection Robert Runyon photograph Roy Bruce photograph scene southbound southwest quadrant Street loop streetcar line streetcar service streetcars in Cleveland Superior Avenue trackless trolley trip West 25th Street west side William Vigrass photograph Windermere