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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding piece of work, January 2, 2012
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This review is from: Twin Cities by Trolley: The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul (Hardcover)
This book is not only thoroughly researched and well organized, it is fascinating reading, especially for someone who grew up in the Twin Cities and for whom transportation by streetcar was the only way to get around until I got my first car. The photo on the dust cover captures perfectly the bitter cold of a winter day in St. Paul, when hopping onto a streetcar was blessed relief from the wind-driven snow. Even my wife, who also grew up in St. Paul, is enjoying reading this book for all the memories it brings back. The author describes vividly the shaky start of the streetcar system in the Twin Cities, its heydays within the cities and interurban service to "distant" areas west of Minneapolis and east of St. Paul, and is even-handed and restrained about its shameful demise. (At least a few of the culprits did time for their criminal activities.) Ironically, the Twin Cities are currently in the process of creating a "light rail" public transit system that is just a vestige of what they used to have. Also, for anyone hoping to recreate some Twin Cities scenes in HO gauge, using recently released models of Twin City Lines PCC streetcars, this is an invaluable resource for inspiration and guidance. For more information, check out [...]
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