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There’s a nice contrast in one way between the ultra-modern sleek-looking trams and the very old architecture between Aksaray and Eminönü stations. Along this particular stretch of line there are a number of historic places to visit including the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Yeni Mosque. Even the main railway station - Istanbul Gar - has some interesting features worth seeing.”
March 14, 2009 : Two children wait on the platform for the arrival of a National Park Service Trolley…and the level of interest could not be more different. While the little girl skips around not seeming to even notice the approaching Car 4131, the little fellow in red looks on with fascination as he uses the pilot of B&M 410 as his personal front-row seat. Viewers who are parents might be a little concerned about these kids being this close to the action, but not to worry. Mom was standing by just out of view and milliseconds later, called her troops to her side. In addition, Motorman Sharon had spotted the kidos early on and had been on the brakes for a while by the time I clicked the shutter. (via RailPictures.Net Photo: B&M 410 Lowell National Historical Park Steam 0-6-0 at Lowell, Massachusetts by Kevin Madore)
March, 2010 : Motorman Tom brings one of the Lowell National Historical Park’s two “breezer” cars out of the trolley barn and into the late afternoon sun. When the park first opened in the 1980s, the physical distance between the major exhibits dictated that some sort of transportation system would be needed to move park visitors around in a timely fashion. The idea of deploying a vintage electric trolley system was an absolute natural solution. Trolleys played a major role in public transportation in Lowell during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Although the trackage that the early trolleys used was long gone, several miles of trackage once used by the B&M Railroad to service the city’s industries survived and could easily be adapted for a trolley line. When park developers looked for a location in which to house a small fleet of replica cars, they didn’t have to look very far. One corner of the park’s centerpiece Boott Cotton Mill Complex still had a B&M spur leading across a small bridge and into an old coal bunker inside the mill. That piece of real estate is what you see here and it was a natural fit. The space formerly used to run coal hoppers into the Boott Mill was quickly converted into quarters for four trolley cars, providing a convenient and secure home for the fleet. (via RailPictures.Net Photo: NPS 1601 Lowell National Historical Park Gomaco 15-Bench Open Trolley at Lowell, Massachusetts by Kevin Madore)
The City of Lowell, Massachusetts is laced with industrial canals, many of which date back to the early 19th century. These canals channeled water from the nearby Merrimack River to the inner city to power the textile mills that once thrived there. In this shot a trolley from the Lowell National Historical Park runs along the city’s Merrimack Canal enroute to a mill that is preserved as a working exhibit. The attractive brick structure on the left side of the photo is the Moody Street Feeder Gatehouse. It houses valves that control the flow of water from the canals to underground viaducts throughout the old mill district. (via RailPictures.Net Photo: NPS 4131 Lowell National Historical Park Gomaco Semi-Convertible, Enclosed Trolley at Lowell, Massachusetts by Kevin Madore)