06/06/10 177 W, 6 I - + 15 - 15 Trolley Tracks on Glenwood Avenue

Need a diversion for an otherwise sweltering Sunday? Explore trolley tracks recently uncovered on Glenwood Avenue at Five Points. Same were used from the 1880s to the 1930s. Specifically, with mule-drawn cars from 1886 to 1891, and electric-powered cars from 1891 to 1933.

From 1881 to 1894, the operating company was Raleigh Street Railway. From 1894 to 1933, they were run by the Raleigh Electric Company, which was renamed Carolina Power & Light Company in 108. The trolleys linked downtown to the emerging suburb of Hayes Barton. It also provided service to nearby Bloomsbury Park, which featured the carousel moved to Pullen Park in 1921.

One surviving structure shown below is a trolley shelter on Glenwood Avenue at Harvey Street. The stone structure was built by the Raleigh Electric Company, and presently serves as a bus shelter. Haven't found a date or era for the thing. Presume turn of century or earlier.

Sources: News & Observer article, June 1. North Carolina Railroad Structures database. Wikipedia page on Capital Area Transit. Wikipedia page on Pullen Park. Click to enlarge, or view more photos.

Next step, finding a map of the trolley lines…
Legeros - 06/06/10 - 15:04

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