Clicking and Clanging of Yesteryear

by Elmer Prather, guest blogger from Canton, GA

When I spend time and energy to put a puzzle together I have to have a connection with the puzzle. My latest puzzle is the 31st Cobble Hill puzzle that I have had the pleasure of putting together. It is a 500 piece puzzle titled Trolley Station by Joseph Burgess. The reason I chose this puzzle is the colorful trolley shown in the puzzle. It reminded me of the Saint Charles trolley in New Orleans, Louisiana. Putting this puzzle together was a fun experience.

Trolley Station 500pc Cobble Hill puzzle assembled by Elmer Prather
Trolley Station 500 pc by Joseph Burgess / Assembled by Elmer Prather

In New Orleans, trolleys are called streetcars, and their image is iconic to the Crescent City. The streetcar system is cheap and easy to navigate. Single rides cost $1.25. There are currently 5 streetcar routes: the Riverfront; St. Charles; Canal (Cemeteries); Canal (City Park/Museum); and Rampart/St. Claude lines.

The Historic St. Charles Streetcar Line is the longest in the city and the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world. It started operating in September 1835 using steam locomotives and horse drawn trams. In February 1893 they converted to electric streetcars/trams . The street cars on this Line are registered on the National Register of Historic Places and remain unaltered. This means there is no air conditioning; the cars ride with open windows. The cars on this line run all day and night, seven days a week. This line starts on Canal Street near the French Quarter and ends at Palmer Park. The line serves a 6½ mile run and the cars turn around and head back in the opposite direction. A one way trip along the line takes about 45 minutes.

St. Charles Street Car Line

Swaying along St. Charles Avenue through a tunnel of Live Oaks, the streetcar passes dozens of antebellum mansions, Loyola and Tulane Universities, breathtaking Audubon Park and fine hotels, restaurants and bars. 
A ride along St. Charles Avenue is much like a journey through the history of New Orleans. Today’s streetcars on this line still have mahogany seats, brass fittings and exposed light bulbs from an era before plastic seats and aluminum rails.

I have ridden this trolley when I visited New Orleans. The photo below is of the trolley as I disembarked at the end of the line. Notice the destination “Saint Charles" in the window over the cab.

Photo credit: Elmer Prather
Riding the trolley is a fun thing to do and convenient to get you around town. Hearing it clicking and clanging as it goes down the track sends you back to yesteryear.

Trolley Station 500 piece by Joseph Burgess

  Available at your local retailer or favourite online store.

On the USA and Canada Cobble Hill website, search item code: 85082

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