Woodward Avenue Streetcar

DETROIT NEWS PHOTO, CIRCA 1954 (and 2016)

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In 1941, Detroit’s Department of Street Railways operated one of the most vibrant mass transit systems in the country, including 910 electric streetcars rumbling over a web of 20 railcar routes. By 1952, however, all but four lines had been converted to diesel busses: Michigan (its busiest and most profitable route), Woodward, Gratiot, and Jefferson. On Sunday, April 8, 1956, about 2,000 streetcar enthusiasts participated in the last ceremonial runs on Woodward. Afterwards the entire streetcar fleet was sold to Mexico City, where many continued to operate until a 1985 earthquake destroyed the last of them.
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