I was in Dallas over the holiday. While there I was able to ride the light rail system and also the Mckinney Ave Transit streetcar operation. They have just opened an interesting trolley turn table at the uptown end of the line. There have not been many turntables used in the US on traction lines but some have been used overseas. This will allow the use of single ended cars of which this line has two ex Toronto PCC cars. A loop around some city blocks that is soon to be built will allow this. I think a model of this would be neat. And I may attempt it in the future. The bridge which is not visible under the decking is actually an old Texas Electric interurban bridge that has been repurposed for this turntable.
The controlls for the TT are in this box. The glass doors are the exit from the Citiplace subway station which is on the Red/Blue light rail lines.
Great photos, Phil. I am glad to see that you made it back home, our visit was too short but maybe if you move down here......
Petunia (Birney) looks good on the TT. That old Texas Electric bridge was out in the field (2nd photo-grove of trees on the left) for a few years. I really wished that MATA had built the TT differently so we could see the historic (here anyway) bridge. I do have the "luxury" of getting to town maybe once a month and always ride the trolley. Most prefer the double truck "smoothness" of the Dallas or Brazil cars, but I just love Petunia and Rosie. They bump and jump over every switch and joint and make me feel like I am back in time (a song title?). If you have more photos, please send them along. Woodie
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