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Rail Facts


  • The first American electric streetcar appeared in Richmond, Virginia in 1888, the year the automobile was invented in Germany.
  • The last Cincinnati streetcar was retired on April 29, 1951.
  • No new American electric rail system built since the end of World War II has ever gone out of business.
  • Portland, Oregon opened America‚Äôs first modern streetcar line in 2001.
  • Approximately fifty cities in North America are planning to build modern or vintage streetcar systems.
  • America's first modern electric light rail system opened in San Diego in 1981. There are now twenty of them, and another is under construction.