The Omnibus, 1827

Manchester NH Horse Car 

Hyde Street Line
San Francisco

St Charles Streetcar
stamp New Orleans LA


Oklahoma City's Motorized
Bricktown Trolley


The Strand Line today
Galveston, TX

"The Trolley Song"

Streetcar Named Desire
 

Meet the Tiger Trolley

Here's what some are saying about Tiger Trolley Tours:

"Very excited to have the Tiger Trolley in action - what a great asset to Columbia!"

-Amy Schneider, Director, Convention & Visitors Bureau

Dozens took the 4 mini tours Aug 22 after the Chamber kick off ...

"Fabulous, informative, insightful, FUN", S&M Walker.

"Marv, fav, lived here 9 yrs & never knew about the Cemetery", B&J Hill.

"Never knew so many yankees & southerns buried side by side in Columbia Cemetary", G&C Smith.

 "Great tie in with MU Summer Welcome or for a weekend wedding", R&P Poe.


"Daniel Boone"
 by George Caleb Bingham


Broadway 1919
Looking East

"The Columns"




Tiger Trolley Tours leases the modern, motorized trolley and driver for each tour from White Knight Coach & Limo, the premier transportaion leasing service with Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield. For over a decade, White Knight has been providing professional and safe ground transportation, from sedans and limos to 56-passenger coaches.
  

Trolley History
The horse drawn wagon is the great grandfather of the trolley, followed by cable cars and streetcars and the buses and light rail of today. Early mass transportation in  America was called the Omnibus, which looked like a stagecoach and was pulled by horses, starting in 1827 up and down Broadway in New York City.

The first streetcar began service in 1832, along Bowery Street in New York City. Followed by New Orleans, Louisiana in 1835. Also pulled by horses, the improvement was the special steel rails placed in the middle of the street, making the streetcar more comfortable, faster and with more capacity because of the ease to pull it on the steel rails.

The first machine to replace horses was the cable car, patented in 1871, with service beginning in San Francisco in 1873. The cable car went on to define that city and its steep hills. Most larger cities had  cable car lines by 1890, with Chicago's line being the largest and busiest.

Richmond, Virginia installed the first system of electric streetcars in 1888, powered by overhead wires, touched by long poles on the car's roof. The electric-powered streetcars became known as the "Trolley Cars."

Today, trolleys continue to provide transit services in many urban cities, augmented by motorized "trolleys" such as the Tiger Trolley.

TROLLEYS & THE MOVIES  Trolleys and streetcars have appeared in several notable 20th century cinemas. The "Trolley Song" is a favorite from MGM's 1944 "Meet Me in St Louis," celebrating life during the time of the 1904 St Louis World's Fair. Vivian Leigh traveled to her sister's New Orleans home in the 1951 Tennessee Williams movie, "A Streetcar Named Desire".



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