Passengers waiting to board streetcar outside Union Sation. Photo: Library of Congress

The Streetcars in Washington, D.C.

October 12, 2010
On October 12, 2010, transportation planner and DC historian Lee H. Rogers launched the Overbeck Project's 2010 - 2011 lecture season with a richly illustrated look at the first century of Washington's streetcars.

At a time when streetcar lines were about to reappear on H Street NE, after a half-century absence in Washingotn, Rogers examined the history of street cars in the city, beginning with the horse-drawn streetcars in the 1860s and extending through the proliferation of streetcar styles, lines and companies over the next hundred years.

An international transportation consultant and economist, Rogers has pursued a decades-long interest in transportation history. He’s a founding member of the Washington Streetcar Museum and the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, and has documented the histories of DC neighborhoods. He possesses tens of thousands of historic images of DC area streetcars, trains, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, many of them inherited from the late historian and collector Robert Truax.

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