THE HOUSTON AREA
INSET: CENTRAL HOUSTON
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Operator: Houston Electric Co.
All routes originated downtown, but streetcars were mostly through-lined between two routes and it is not possible to assign downtown terminuses to them.
|2||Ervay||Downtown - Washington Av. - Heights Blvd. - Houston Hts.|
|4||Studewood||Downtown - Washington Av. - Houston Av. - Studewood St. - 30th St.|
|5||Watson||Downtown - Washington Av. - Houston Av. - Watson St. - Merrill St.|
|6||Myrtle||Downtown - Washington Av. - Houston Av. - Mathis St.|
|7||North Main||Downtown - North Main St. - Woodland Park|
|8||Chapman||Downtown - North Main St. - Chapman St. (to Morris St.)|
|9||North Side||Downtown - North Main St. - Lorraine St. - Quitman St.|
|11||Nance||Downtown - North Main St. - Nance St. - Gregg St.|
|12||Franklin||Downtown - Franklin St. - Canal St. - Engelke St. - Milby St. - Harrisburg Blvd.|
|13||Port Houston||Downtown - Preston St. [back: Congress St.] - Harrisburg Blvd. - N 67th St. [N Cesar Chavez Blvd.] - Navigation Blvd. - N 75th St.|
|15||Leeland||Downtown - Texas Av. - Hutchins Av. - Leeland St. - Milby St.|
|16||Pierce||Downtown - Texas Av. - Jackson St. - Pierce St. - Sampson St.|
|17||Dowling||Downtown - Preston St. [back: Congress St.] - Dowling St. [Emancipation Av.] - Holman St. - Sauer St.|
|18||La Branch||Downtown - Texas Av. - Jackson St. - Tuam St.|
|19||South End||Downtown - Fannin St. - McGowen St. - Louisiana St. - Eagle St.|
|22||Montrose||Downtown - Louisiana St. - Gray St. - Bagby St. - Tuam St. - Fairview St. - Taft St. - Hawthorne St. - Roseland St. - W. Main St.|
|23||Mondell||Downtown - Louisiana St. - Gray St. - Bagby St. - Tuam St. - Fairview St. - Mandell St. - Colquitt St.|
|24||San Felipe||Downtown - Travis St. - Robin St. [back: Dallas St.] - Wilson St.|
Route numbers are for convenience only; they were not used by the operator.
Operator: Galveston-Houston Electric Railway
|G||Galveston Interurban||Downtown (Brazos St.) - Texas Av. - Jackson St. - Pierce St. - Galveston-Houston ER Right-of-Way - Galveston|
Operator: Houston North Shore Railway
|N||HNS||McCarty Av. - Market St. - Garth - Coady - Baytown - Goose Creek Stn.|
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Streetcar lines: ? km.
- Interurban line (Galveston-Houston Electric Railway): 80 km.
- Interurban line (Houston North Shore Railway): 32 km.
- Mule-drawn streetcars: 1868; 2 May 1874 - ?.
- Electric streetcars (1st generation): 15 June 1891 - 9 June 1940.
- Electric interurbans (Galveston-Houston Electric Railway): 5 Dec. 1911 - 31 Oct. 1936.
- Electric interurbans (Houston North Shore Ry.): 19 June 1927 - 25 Sept. 1948. (Last interurban built in the US)
- Gas-powered railbuses on the Houston North Shore Ry.: 25 Sept. 1948 - 1962.
- LRT: 1 Jan. 2004 - today.
- 1435 mm. (all systems except APM)
- Baron, S. Houston Electric: The street railways of Houston, Texas Self-published, 1996.
- Robinson, C. & DeVerter, P. Houston North Shore Chicago (?): Central Electric Railfans Association, Bull. 133, 2000.
- Simons, V. "Houston and Austin: A tale of two networks", Tramways & Urban Transit, March 2011 (74: 879), p.102-105.
- Simons, V. "Houston builds ... and rebuilds", Tramways & Urban Transit, Jan. 2018 (81: 961), p.9-11.
- Simons, V. "Houston: LRT's big bang in the US oil capital", Tramways & Urban Transit, Feb. 2015 (78: 926), p.64-68.
- Wansbeek, C.J. "Houston: 'Starter line' beats all expectations", Tramways & Urban Transit, Apr. 2007 (70: 832), p.132-135.
- Electric Interurban Railways [in Texas]
- Houston North Shore Railway (Texas State Historical Association (TSHA))
Also, many thanks to Mr Russell Powers of Lone Tree, CO, USA, for kindly sending me copious amounts of information and documents concerning the history of the Houston streetcar and interurban systems.
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