Awesome Old Streetcar Photos … A Lot of Them

I stumbled across a great resource for streetcar photos. Check out the slide show below of some photos I pulled.

The map below is the transit map for Washington in 1948. Click on it for a closer look at the routes.

transit map in 1948
transit map in 1948

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Stephen Crowley

    Actually, to be exact – the streetcar by the Whelan’s drugstore was at the time on the corner of 14th & E Street. That block of E Street N.W. didn’t become Pennsylvania Avenue until many years later. I worked for years at the National Theatre in that block which was at 1321 E Street until they build Freedom Plaza across the street from it.

  • These are great pics! I’d love to have streetcars back. The one in Mt. Pleasant is intriguing because I see that Lamont Street is bisected, which is not today, and I see a bus or a streetcar (?) inside the square itself, or where the square is today. Was it used as a holding area for buses or streetcars? Anyway, that’s the 42! The bus routes were supposed to be named after the streetcar lines.

    • WM JAMES

      THE INSIDE TRACK WAS IN THE SQUARE USED BY REG CARS RETURNING DOWNTOWN, THE SECOND TRACK WAS OUTSIDE THE SQUARE AND WAS AN EXTRA FOR SPECIALS

  • Sheila

    Sure wish those photos were still there.