Thursday, September 18, 2008

Photos: Indianapolis Streetcar Rail

I haven't had a chance to get out to take pictures recently so here's one from the vault. It happens to be from Ohio St. right in front of The Maxwell so it ties in well with my last photo post. While I was out on a tour of development sites with a group from Skyscraper City back in June, I noticed that as part of some curbside work they had ripped up the asphalt, revealing an old streetcar rail line. You can see the old brick road surface around it as well. I believe this section has been covered over again, but if you walk around this area of Ohio St., you can still see the rail lines peak out in several spots.
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4 comments:

bhorg said...

these bum me out.. big time.

D said...

In Muncie, there are a few sections of street that still have the rails completely exposed. I don't know when Muncie's streetcars shut down, but it's obviously been unchanged for a while. I've got some photos of this somewhere.

jannx said...

If you pick up a copy of Jane Jacobs book "Dark Ages Ahead" she details what happened to all the municipal streetcar lines in American cities.

Briefly they were bought by GM who then closed them and put up buslines instead. Sad.

I didn't realize there was a history in Indianapolis or Muncie. I need to do more homework when I have some spare time

Kyle said...

@D: On Calvert St. there is a prominent section of exposed rail...