This morning saw the first outing for the first Delmar Loop Trolley. Today, Trolley #1 was being pulled (and sometimes pushed) along the tracks, and the object was just to check clearances. But it gave the rest of us our first chance to see the trolley moving!
It started from the Trolley Shed and went west to the terminus at the end of Delmar and then returned. I caught up with the trolley as it was crossing Skinker as it was returning east, and followed it along past the old Delmar station, rounded the corner into DeBaliviere, then crossed Forest Park Parkway and Lindell Boulevard, before reaching the end of the line by the Missouri History Museum.
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Work started early this morning on laying the Trolley tracks across the junction of Skinker and Delmar. I walked by there about 9am, by which time they well under way digging one trench, and a pile of old rails had been excavated.
There was a line of trucks waiting to take the rubble away, and it took less than 10 minutes to fill one and send it on its way.
Coming back about 30 minutes later, they had already finished the first trench and were working on the second. It was interesting to see the old brickwork under the modern road surface, and the remains of the rail ties that had been exposed by the new trench.
I was going to see if I could talk to the foreman or one of the workers, but they were all so engrossed in their work that I decided not to bother them!