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Operator RTA
System Type Light Rail
Year Opened
# of Lines 4
# of Cars  
Mileage 22.3 Miles
Gauge 5' 2.5"
Power Overhead
Fare Media Cash
Website RTA
Data Date 2016
1st Visit 7/96
Last Visit 12/2014
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US > Southern Transit
New Orleans Transit

norl-lr01.jpg (57706 bytes)

"Desire" Streetcars?

A streetcar named desire. The Crescent City has big plans of expansion for Light Rail, although the equipment may resemble the classic Perley-Thomas cars. The city has linked the tourist "River Front Trolley" with the St. Charles mainline. The River Front line is operating with newly built Perley-Thomas replicas, built in the New Orleans car shops.  The Canal Street line opened in late 2003.

Hurricane Katrina did heavy damage to the St. Charles line, and destroyed the new cars for the Canal St Line. As of 2013 all lines are back in operation, and a new line opened up to the Amtrak/Greyhound Station. Another new line is currently under construction.

I am breaking this page up by Route

  Route Comment #  Photos # new
  St Charles Line The original, oldest operating streetcar line in US 28  
  Canal St Line Including Cemetary & Park Branches 24  
  Riverfront Line Along the water front 8  
  Loyola Ave Line To NOUPT 3  
  Yards Yards and car interiors 20  


Click on any image to enlarge 

norl-lr01.jpg (57706 bytes)Classic New Orleans streetcar scene with the grassy median hiding the rails. (7/96) norl-lr02.jpg (45302 bytes)Streetcar at the Canal St. Terminal loading a car full of tourists. (6/96)
norl-lr03.jpg (38784 bytes)A work car and a former Philly PCC car seen in the barn. New Orleans bought the PCC's to help fabricate new cars. (7/96) norl-lr04.jpg (32485 bytes)A view of several Perley-Thomas cars waiting for their turn in service at the car barn. (7/96)
norl-lr06.jpg (39770 bytes)A happy motorman bringing his car into the outer terminal on the line. (7/96) norl-lr05.jpg (37282 bytes)This Riverfront car is seen prior to the re-gauging of this route to broad gauge and its connection to the Carrollton line at Canal St. (7/96)

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