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New Orleans Streetcars

Away from Home

In 1964, New Orleans Public Service (NOPSI) officially phased out streetcar service on the historic downtown Canal Street Line -- the last route to be abandoned after a long period of system shrinkage, during which numerous lines were dropped or converted to bus routes. By the late 1960s, only the St. Charles Avenue line remained in service; as such, NOPSI found itself with an excess of 800 and 900 series cars. Having culled the better cars for use on the St. Charles line, NOPSI officials sold or donated eleven retired Pearly-Thomas cars to various traction museums across the country. Happily, most of these NOLA cars in diaspora have been well maintained in operating condition and restored to their NOPSI-era look and setup.

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