Three pictures courtesy Rick Holm. NEW AUG30/2013, SEP02/2013, JUL28/2020
Google Streetview and Bing Maps Birds-Eye View Aerial Shots
Trackwork Plus! As the Portland Streetcar makes it way south thru downtown Portland on SW 11th Ave, it crosses the Max Light Rail Line at SW Morrison St and SW Yamhill St.
Before the MAX headed west thru the tunnel to Hillsboro, the three loops are where the line ended.
The middle loop/streetcar crossover has some especially tricky trackwork due to the turnout for the loop track!
One of the few places the Portland Streetcar runs on what we can consider "Private Right-of-Way", it's on the south side of downtown at Montgomery Rd and 4th Ave.
The yellow arrows point to single track mainline that is used by both outbound and inbound trains.
The green arrow points to private ROW for outbound cars, coming over from Mill St.
The Red arrow is pointing to the inbound track running NB in 5th St.
Below: This used to be the south end of the streetcar route in southwest Portland.
Below: This was the north end of the streetcars route in northwest Portland.
The green arrow is pointing to a streetcar on the turnaround.
The red arrows are the direction of travel.
Portland Streetcar "Central Loop" first run. Car 009 climbing the Lovejoy Street ramp to the Broadway Bridge.
Sep 2012, photo by Sam Beebe
The "Go By Streetcar" sign at Lovejoy and NW 11th Ave...
Various streetcar related signs...
The Maintenance Yard: Streetcars are stored at the rail yard near the Portland Streetcar, Inc. headquarters (1516 NW Northrup Street). Storage tracks and facilities occupy three city blocks underneath an elevated section of Interstate 405, between NW Overton and NW Lovejoy streets (north-to-south) and NW 16th and NW 15th streets (west-to-east).
Opposite the shop building
Three tracks into the shop
Abandoned tracks next to shops
I haven't come across many signals on the Portland Streetcar lines.
The pictures below are at the junction at Lovejoy and NW 11th Ave, where the "Go By Streetcar" sign is.
The first set is the S18 signal for 11th Ave to Lovejoy (or straight), not sure if these are go/no-go signals, or route indicators:
The second set is the S01 signal for Lovejoy to 11th Ave (or straight):
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