Two tracks parallel the Mississippi, at a level
safely higher than the water, near the Welcome Center downtown.
Scrutiny of this photo shows that only the set of rails with the
trolley is strung with overhead wire. The streetcar route is built on what was once a second
track for the parallel Canadian National (once Illinois Central) railroad.
Stops are more widely spaced on the Riverfront journey than on Main
St., which runs generally parallel two blocks or so away, and higher
up yet. Crossings along the private right of way are protected with lights and gates, and
trolleys sound their horns.
Ahead in the distance in this view
lies the Warehouse District, a gentrifying area through which the