Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Remember the Curbliners!

Friday January 24th, 1964 was the last time the public got to ride the Des Moines curbliners. There were only two lines were running by then, West Des Moines-Fairgrounds, and University-Sixth Avenue. The diesel buses were already zipping around town, so this was a sentimental journey. Now the following day two private groups - one from Chicago and one from Waterloo - chartered curbliner rides. So the little guys did take a trip January 25th. Afterwards, the power lines were cut and the curbliners were sold for junk. But it's so cute! Look at it, how could anyone junk it. Stupid progress. And convenience. And necessity.

Des Moines Tribune, 1/23/1964 p. 1

Graphic Source: Illinois Railway Museum, photographer Ray Piesciuk

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