The following is a transcription of E R A HEADLIGHTS for July, 1945, pages 9 and 10. It lists the streetcar roster, car assignment to lines, and car and line assignment to stations (car barns). The track map below is from page 10 of the original, and shows the entire system at that time. Necessary notes by this editor, not part of the original publication, are given within [square brackets].
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|E R A HEADLIGHTS||JULY 1945|
There are few cities in the country where the operation of trolley cars is so generally scenic and attractive as in New Orleans. Considerable of the lines are on private right of way, either away from the streets or in the center of a boulevard---one [sic] a neutral strip as they call it in New Orleans. Unfortunately the post war plans for this system call for conversion to busses or trolley busses of all lines except Canal-Cemetery [sic: Cemeteries], St. Claude and Tulane-St. Charles Belt. These lines are in the process of being rebuilt with good rail and new ballast.
Car roster is as follows:
|50||400-499 [sic]||Double end, two man, arch roof, maximum traction trucks, two motors, hand doors, straight air brakes|
|[Numbers should be 400-449.]|
|1||453||Double end, two man, arch [sic: deck] roof, air doors, two motors. Training car.|
|100||800-899||Double end, two man, arch roof, two motors, hand doors, straight air brakes.|
|72||900-969||Double end, two man, arch roof, two motors, air doors|
|1||970||Double end, two man, arch roof, four motors, air doors, self lapping brakes.|
|20||1000-1019||Double end, two man, arch roof, four motors, air doors, self lapping brakes, low built bodies.|
Assignment to lines:
|819-883||Canal [Cemeteries and West End], St. Claude, Desire, Gentilly|
|884-969||Arabella Station Lines [Freret, Jackson, Magazine, Napoleon, S. Claiborne]|
|971-972||Arabella Station Lines [Freret, Jackson, Magazine, Napoleon, S. Claiborne]|
|29||Single truck, ex passenger car|
|56, 59||Double truck flats|
|021||Single truck open work car|
|031, 032||Single [sic: double] truck dump trailers|
|052, 053||Single [sic: double] truck dump motors|
|055||Single truck line car|
Line assignments [to stations]:
|Canal Station||Carrollton Station||Arabella Station|
|Canal-Cemetery||(A)||Tulane Belt||(L)||Magazine||(F)||[“Cemetery” should be “Cemeteries”]|
|Canal-West End||(M)||St. Charles Belt||(H)||Napoleon||(G)|
Headways range from two to eleven minutes, and the number of scheduled cars reaches 227 in the rush hour out of 243 that the company owns. Another commentary of the high availability of rail equipment. The lines are of the wide, or 5' 2½" gage, though this odd gage is in general found only in Pennsylvania where it is almost universal.
Data for this article and the accompanying map were contributed by member R. S. Korach, who is now in the Army and stationed in New Orleans.
[The map below is from page 10 of the original. It is shown in a compact form, and below that in full resolution. Unfortunately, there is some print-through from the text on the other side; nothing can be done about that.]
[There are some small problems with this map, but overall, the details are accurate. Unfortunately, Korach did not sketch the trackage of the Napoleon Yard, at the foot of Napoleon Ave. on the southeast corner of Tchoupitoulas St. Also, at Canal St., Royal and Bourbon Streets (Bourbon is not labelled) should be shown in line with St. Charles and Carondelet Streets, respectively. A four-track crossover should be shown in the block of Canal St. between Carondelet and St. Charles.]
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