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M-1 Rail dig unearths Detroit’s original trolley tracks

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Bob Ford remembers Detroit’s original trolley system. SAM RIDDLE PHOTO

By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen 

Bob Ford, 82, reminisces about Detroit’s original streetcar as construction for the M-1 Rail is underway. Ford says he used to ride these original tracks on Woodward Avenue, as a child. That was 75 years ago. The old rail tracks shown in slide show below have been unearthed during the the M-1 Rail construction line along Woodward Avenue downtown, moving north toward Midtown. Photos were taken Aug. 15, 2014. Detroit’s original streetcar ran from 1895-1956.

Visit www.M-1rail.com for updates on construction and traffic closures.

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