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New Orleans Looks Back On St. Charles Memories Of The Oldest Street Car In The World

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New Orleans Looks Back On St. Charles Memories Of The Oldest Street Car In The World

The St. Charles streetcar is the oldest operating streetcar in the world!

Located on St. Charles and Carrollton, is a New Orleans icon. The St. Charles line with the dark green cars is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world.

A month ago, we asked the people of New Orleans what their favorite streetcar memory was, and we thought we’d share some with you, and explore the history of the NOLA icon.

A romance hotspot, @vincenzoperuggia66 commented, “well .. the car was on the avenue… and noble trees were rambling slowly backwards.. and sparks… and that electric aroma that always reminds me of love.. I’m sure it’s still there..” 

They aren’t the only one who remembers the smell, a couple other people make it known it’s a sensual experience that you don’t want to miss. The vintage streetcars are adorable, and were built by Perley A. Thomas Company. They continue to run along the 6-miles of track from Carondelet at Canal Street in the Central Business District.

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@flowinthenight shared, “10 years old, 1991, my mother just moved us from NYC to NOLA. My first day of school we took the streetcar towards Audubon Park/ Montessori…. it was magical and helped sooth my nerves.”

What about you? What’s your favorite memory on the iconic streetcars of NOLA? Join in the conversation on the Instagram post, here!

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