Thursday, June 11, 2009

A special time and place: Ybor City's Trolleys Take Us Into Our Past

Tampa has a very strong tie to its history in the TECO System Streetcar System and I find it hard to ignore and not notice the tremendous connection with our city's past. Electric trolleys disappeared from our city's streets altogether by 1946 when buses and cars became the "modern" way to move about. If it wasn't for the long dedication and hard work of the Tampa & Ybor City Street Railway Society we would not have the scene like I captured in black and white nearby Centennial Park in Ybor City. “Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of a colorful part of Tampa’s transportation history – the electric Streetcar, " since 1984, the society has worked to restore this great chapter in our history. They have worked with the City of Tampa and HARTline to bring the line back and today passengers can ride from the Tampa Convention Center past the St. Pete Times Forum, Florida Aquarium, Tampa Bay History Center and into the heart of all the sights, sounds and food of Ybor City. It's a fun way to get around but an important link to our past. Long live the trolley.

1 comment:

  1. Trolleys and trams are the sign of real cities. This looks great in b&w. Thanks for your dedication too for sharing this.