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When I first arrived in the Washington area (1949) the city was full of street cars--kind of like trolleys, except that the power came from an underground third rail. I lived in what was then the sticks, and to get to Griffith Stadium I had to ride a real trolley, with the overhead thingies, to a certain point on 7th street where the operator would crank down the trolley connection and also crank some other thing down into the slot in the street to make connection with the third rail and turn the trolley car into a street car. I liked riding on them, maybe because most of the street car stops had pedestrian islands out in the street so nobody could pick you off as you waited. Oh, I suppose they could if they really tried.

Jim Donnelly


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