the-return-to-cleveland

AUGUST 28, 2016 - 241/366
THE COMO-HARRIET STREETCAR LINE

We used to have an extensive streetcar line in the Twin Cites area, stretching from Stillwater to Lake Minnetonka. That ended in 1954, and now one of the only remaining links to our streetcar past is the short stretch of track that runs from Lake Harriet to Lake Calhoun. Operated by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, this heritage line runs on summer weekends with a handful of cars.

Although most of the streetcars that ran on the 530-mile system were built in Minneapolis, this particular car, No. 322, was built by the St. Louis Car Company in 1946, and served in the Twin Cities for a while before being sold to Newark for its subway. After that it spent some time in Cleveland, before returning to Minneapolis in 1990, during which it was restored over a 10-year period.

I love seeing these streetcars in this tunnel of green, and will sometimes stop at the bridge to catch a glimpse of it as it passes underneath. Today I made my way down the (somewhat-hidden) staircase there to get a closer look.