Friday, July 29, 2011
Twin City Rapid Transit map
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I went to a meeting on the Gateway Corridor today, and there were a few people wondering where the streetcars used to run on the east side of Saint Paul. Here, I've gone through the maps in Twin Cities by Trolley by (2007) John W. Diers and Aaron Isaacs to try and portray the system at its peak around 1932 (though some lines may may not quite be from the same time period). Much of their info is in turn based on maps and information from Russell L. Olson's 1976 book, The Electric Railways of Minnesota. Both books have much more detail than this simple Google Map can hope to include, such as dates of track activation and decommissioning and other details like where single-tracking was present and where there were small loops and wyes for turning around.
I'm sure it's not entirely accurate, but 95% or so. The big questions are exactly what the routings of some of the long extensions were, such as the lines out to Lake Minnetonka.