Cincinnati’s first electric streetcar line was the conversion of the Mt. Adams & Eden Park Inclined Railway Company cable car line to electric operation in 1888, which later became part of the Cincinnati Street Railway Company in 1896. Since then the city has maintained an interesting and sometimes unique system. The only Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) cars ever built with two trolley poles were operated in Cincinnati, due to their double-wire setup. This color photo essay documents the city’s streetcar era, all the way to the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar line which opened in 2016, linking downtown Cincinnati with the Over the Rhine neighborhood.
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