The New Orleans part of
this website is structured differently from all the other sections. The
nightmare that was Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath left much of
the transportation network severely damaged. I have chosen to
keep the sections as they were from before the storm, one each for the St.
Charles, the Riverfront and the Canal Streetcar.
The same pertains to the image on this main page, and to the regular
text below. This, in my
own way, is a tribute to the history of this entirely fascinating
and extraordinarily complex place. Much of the information in
those pages, of course, has now changed. A separate
Post-Katrina series shows the lines as they were in 2007, long after the storm.
The historic St. Charles cars survived intact, but that route
sustained great harm. It took several years to restore the
entire length. On the other two lines, the red heritage-style vehicles,
then relatively new, suffered extensive flood damage;
they were destined to be out of service for more than three years.
The first group of repaired cars returned to service late in 2008.