THE GS TRAM SITE

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1 Apr. 1931




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Seattle streetcar map 1931


INSET: SEATTLE - CENTRAL AREA

Seattle centre streetcar map 1931


INSET: SEATTLE - EVERETT INTERURBAN

Seattle Everett interurban map 1931



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STREETCAR ROUTES

Operator: Seattle Municipal Street Railway

  1 Alki / Fort Lawton Fort Lawton - Gilman Av. - 15th Av. W - Elliott Av. W - 1st Av. - Spokane St. - Harbor Av. - Alki Av. - 63rd Av. SW - Beach Dr. & Orleans St.
  2 Fauntleroy Virginia St. S - 2nd Av. - Pine St. - 1st Av. - Spokane St. - Avalon Way - California Av. - Fauntleroy Av. - Fauntleroy Pl. [Back: as above to Jackson St., then continue as 24]
  3 West Seattle Virginia St. S - 2nd Av. - Pine St. - 1st Av. - Spokane St. - Avalon Way - California Av. - W Atlantic St. [Back: as above to Jackson St., then continue as 25]
  4 Fauntleroy Virginia St. S - 2nd Av. - Pine St. - 1st Av. - Spokane St. - W Marginal Way - 9th Av. SW - White Center [Back: as above to Jackson St., then continue as 24]
  4s Seahurst Shuttle White Center - Seahurst - Lake Burien
  5 South Park Yesler Way. - 1st Av. - E Marginal Way - 8th Av. S - - Cloverdale St. - 14th Av. S [Back: as above, then continue as 30]
  6 South Seattle 3rd Av. & Yesler Way. - 9th Av. S - 8th Av. S - Carleton Av. - E Marginal Way [Back: as above, then continue as 23]
  7 Kinnear Park Jackson St. - 1st Av. - Queen Anne Av. - Olympic Pl. - 10th Av. W - W Wheeler St.
  8 Madrona 3rd Av. & Union St. - Pike St. - Union St. - 34th Av. - Madrona Dr. - Madrona Park
  9 19th Av. & 26th S S Judkins St. - 26th Av. S - Jackson St. - 3rd Av. - Pike St. - E Madison St. - 19th Av. N - E Galer St.
10 Montlake 3rd Av. & Union St. - Pike St. - E Madison St. - 23rd Av. N - 24th Av. N - University of Washington
11 E Cherry 3rd Av. & Union St. - Pike St. - Broadway - E Jefferson St. - E Cherry St. - 34th Av. - Union St.
12 E Madison - Jefferson Park Madison Park - E Madison St. - Pike St. - 3rd Av. - Jackson St. - Beacon Av. - S Graham St.
13 Summit Ave. Belleview Ct. - Belleview Av. [back: Summit Av.] - Pine St. - 2nd Av. - Jackson St.
14 Capitol Hill - Mt.Baker E Galer St. - 15th Ave. N - [E Mercer St. - 14th Av. N] [back: 15th Av.] - Pine St. - 3rd Av. - Jackson St. - 31st Av. S - Mt Baker
15 Broadway 3rd Av. & Union St. - [3rd Av. - Pine St.] [back: Melrose Av. - Pike St. - 8th Av. - Union St.] - Pine St. - Broadway - 10th Av. - University of Washington
16 Ravenna 4th Av. & Main St. - 3rd Av. - Union St. - 8th Av. - Howell St. - Eastlake Av. - University of Washington - University Way - E 55th St. - 35th Av. NE
17 Cowen Park - 15th Av. NE 4th Av. & Main St. - 3rd Av. - Union St. - 8th Av. - Howell St. - Eastlake Av. - University of Washington - University Way - 15th Av. NE - E 80th St.
18 Wallingford Jackson St. - 2nd Av. - Pine St. - Westlake Av. - Fremont Br. - N 34th St. - Wallingford Av. - N 45th St. - University of Washington
20 Green Lake Jackson St. - 2nd Av. - Virginia St. S - Westlake Av. - Fremont Br. - N 34th St. - Woodland Park Av. - Loop around Green Lake - back the same way
21 Phinney Jackson St. - 2nd Av. - Pine St. - Westlake Av. - Fremont Br. - Fremont Av. - Phinney Av. (Woodland Park Zoo) - Greenwood Av. - 85th St.
22 Meridian Jackson St. - 2nd Av. - Pine St. - Westlake Av. - Fremont Br. - N 34th St. - Wallingford Av. - N 45th St. - Meridian Av. - E 56th St. - Latona Av. - NE 56th St.
23 Fremont-Ballard Yesler Way. - 3rd Av. - Cedar St. - 5th Av. N - Broad St. - Dexter Av. - Fremont Br. - Leary Av. - Ballard Way - 24th Av. NW - W 70th St. [Back: as above, then continue as 6]
24 White Center Jackson St. - 2nd Av. - Cedar St. - 5th Av. N - Taylor Av. - Boston St. - Queen Anne Av. - W McGraw St. - 7th Av. W - Raye St. [Back: as above to 2nd Av. & Virginia St., then continue as 2]
25 E Queen Anne Jackson St. - 2nd Av. - Cedar St. - 5th Av. N - Taylor Av. - Boston St. - Queen Anne Av. - Blaine St. - 2nd Av. N - Galer St. [Back: as above to 2nd Av. & Virginia St., then continue as 3]
26 W Queen Anne S King St. - 1st Av. - Queen Anne Av. - Galer St. - 6th Av. W - W McGraw St.
27 15th Av. NW Yesler Way. - 1st Av. - Elliott Av. W - 15th Av. W - 15th Av. NW - 85th St.
28 Ballard - 20th NW Yesler Way. - 1st Av. - Cedar St. - 5th Av. N - Broad St. - Dexter Av. - Nickerson St. - 15th Av. W - Ballard Way - 24th Av. NW - W 67th St. - 28th Av. NW - 32nd Av. W & 85th St.
30 Sunset Hill Yesler Way. - 1st Av. - Elliott Av. W - 15th Av. W - Ballard Way - 24th Av. NW - W 59th St. - 32nd Av. W - W 64th St. - 36th Av. NW [Back: as above, then continue as 5]

CABLE CAR ROUTES

Operator: Seattle Municipal Street Railway

FS Front Street S King St. - 1st Ave. - Queen Anne Av. - Highland Dr.
JS James Street 2nd Ave. - James St. - Broadway
MS Madison Street Waterfront - Madison St. - 14th Av.
YW Yesler Way 3rd Av. - Yesler Way - Lake Washington

NB: The two-letter route designations above are for the convenience of readers, and were not used by the operator.


INTERURBAN ROUTE

Operator: Pacific Northwest Traction Company

   Seattle-Everett Downtown Seattle - Westlake Av. - Fremont Br. - Fremont Av. - Phinney Av. (Woodland Park Zoo) - Greenwood Av. - 85th St. - Aurora Av. - Greenwood - Esperance - Martha Lake - Silver Lake - Everett

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Seattle streetcars: 185 km.
  • Seattle cable cars: ? km.
  • Seattle-Everett interurban: 48 km.


HISTORY

  • Horse-trams:
    • Seattle: 1884 - 1889
    • Tacoma: 1888 - ?;
  • Cable cars: 27 Sept. 1888 - 2 Sept. 1940 (some were steam-operated initially, but all became electric after 3 June 1912)
  • Streetcars (electric):
    • Seattle: 30 March 1889 - 13 Apr. 1941; 12 Dec. 2007 - today
    • Tacoma: - 8 Apr. 1938
  • Waterfront (tourist) streetcar: 29 May 1982 - 19 Nov. 2005
  • Interurbans (electric):
    • Seattle-Everett Interurban: 1907 - 1919 (sold to Seattle Electric, later, Pacific NW Traction Southern Division, service until 20 Feb. 1939)
    • Everett-Snohomish Interurban: 1 Dec. 1903 - 1921
    • Bellingham & Skagit Interurban (later, Pacific NW Traction Northern Division): 1 Sept. 1912 - 1 June 1930
    • Seattle-Tacoma Interurban: 25 Sept. 1902 - 1928
  • Light rail:
    • Seattle: 18 July 2009 - today
    • Tacoma: 22 Aug. 2003 - today
  • Monorail: 24 March 1962 - today

GAUGE

  • Light rail / Streetcars (1st & 2nd generation) / Tourist streetcar: 1435 mm.
  • Cable cars: 1067 mm. (except for the Front Street line: 1435 mm.)

SOURCES

PRINT

  • Blanchard, L. The Street Railway Era in Seattle: A Chronicle of Six Decades Forty Fort (PA): Harold E. Cox, 1968.
  • Price, J.H. "Museum News [Seattle]", Modern Tramway & Light Rail Transit, Jan. 1982 (45:529), p.30-31.
  • Ryan, C. & Stadler, K.K. Seattle-Everett Interurban Railway. Charleston (SC): Arcadia, 2010
  • Simons, V. "Seattle: Cutting edge LRT solutions", Tramways & Urban Transit, Jan. 2016 (79:937), p.9-13.
  • Streetcar routes - April 1st, 1931 Seattle: Seattle Municipal Street Railway, 1931 (Mimeographed)
  • Taplin, M.R. "Miraculous in Seattle", Tramways & Urban Transit, Oct. 2009 (72:862), p.380-381.
  • Wing, W.W. To Seattle by trolley: The story of the Seattle-Everett Interurban and the "Trolley that went to sea". Edmonds (WA): Pacific Fast Mail, 1988
  • Zahler A., Marti A. & Thomsen G. Seattle's South Park. Charleston (SC): Arcadia, 2006

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