Video Presentations

The Minnesota Streetcar Museum publishes occasional videos of our operations as well as historical operations on the museum’s official YouTube channel.┬áBe sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel to receive automatic notifications when new content is posted.

Introduction to Twin Cities Rapid Transit Series

  • Twin Cities Streetcars 101 – Minnesota Streetcar Museum historian Aaron Isaacs gives an introduction to the Twin Cities Rapid Transit company streetcar system which existed in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota until June 1954.
  • Twin Cities Streetcar Types – Minnesota Streetcar Museum historian Aaron Isaacs gives a presentation on the history of the streetcar types operated in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company.
  • Twin City Lines Streetcar Facilities and Infrastructure – Minnesota Streetcar Museum historian Aaron Isaacs gives a presentation on the history of the facilities and infrastructure in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota operated by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company.
  • Twin City Lines Streetcar Operations – Minnesota Streetcar Museum historian Aaron Isaacs gives a presentation on the day-to-day operation of streetcars in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company.

Videos Containing Vintage Film Footage

  • A 1950s Trip on the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line – Take a trip from downtown St. Paul through Minneapolis to Edina and Hopkins on the Como-Harriet streetcar line, using vintage video and still photos from the 1950s. Narrated by Museum Historian Aaron Isaacs.
  • A 1950s Trip on the Inter-Campus Line – With vintage video and still photos, take a round trip on the University of Minnesota’s streetcar line that connected the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. Narrated by Museum Historian Aaron Isaacs.
  • A 1950s Trip on the University Avenue Line – Travel the University Avenue streetcar line, also called the Interurban, from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul with vintage video and still photos. Gone since 1953, it has been almost exactly reborn as the Metro Transit Green Line. Narrated by Museum Historian Aaron Isaacs.
  • 1930s Footage of Duluth’s Streetcars and Incline Railway – Duluth’s streetcars were replaced by buses in 1939. This video includes rare footage, much of it in color, of the streetcars and the city’s famous Incline railway. Narrated by Museum Historian Aaron Isaacs.
  • 2019 MSM Annual Meeting History Presentation – A history presentation by Minnesota Streetcar Museum Historian Aaron Isaacs at the March 23, 2019 Annual MSM Member Meeting. Topics included this year are Fargo-Moorhead streetcar film, St. Paul cable car operations (film from San Francisco), and the University of Minnesota Inter-Campus Streetcar Line.

Narrated Historical Photo Presentations

General Interest

  • Lake Harriet and the Chalet Station – A short history of the Pavilions and streetcar stations at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Narrated by Minnesota Streetcar Museum Historian Aaron Isaacs. Recorded from a Zoom meeting on May 24, 2021.
  • Streetcars to the Minnesota State Fair – During the streetcar era, people rode to the Minnesota State Fair on streetcars. This program was recorded from a MSM Zoom meeting on July 5, 2021.
  • The Mesaba Railway – Take a tour of the Mesaba Railway, an interurban that connected the Minnesota iron range cities of Hibbing and Gilbert, with stops in between.
  • Streetcars in the Snow – How did Twin City Rapid Transit deal with Minnesota winters?
  • The Long Careers of Twin Cities PCC Cars – TCRT PCCs went on to service in many other cities. Here’s their stories. Narrated by Aaron Isaacs. Recorded from a Zoom meeting August 30, 2021.
  • Streetcars of Duluth/Superior – This presentation follows the book Twin Ports by Trolley by Aaron Isaacs and John Diers. It was recorded from a Zoom meeting September 20, 2021.
  • Remnants of the Streetcars – Although gone for many years, remnants of Minnesota streetcar lines can still be found. Narrated by MSM historian Aaron Isaacs; recorded from a Zoom meeting September 27, 2021.

The St. Paul Lines

The Minneapolis Lines

  • Monroe and NW Terminal Lines – This is the first in a series of short programs describing the Minneapolis lines of Twin City Rapid Transit. It was recorded from a Zoom presentation on July 26, 2021. Narrated by MSM Historian Aaron Isaacs.
  • Johnson and Broadway Lines – This program traces the Johnson and Broadway Lines in Minneapolis. Narrated by Minnesota Streetcar Museum Aaron Isaacs. The program was recorded from a Zoom presentation on August 2, 2021.
  • North Washington & Plymouth Avenue Lines – Continuing our series tracing Twin Cities streetcar lines. This program was recorded from a Zoom meeting August 9, 2021. Narrated by Minnesota Streetcar Museum historian Aaron Isaacs.
  • 6th Ave N, Glenwood, and Bryn Mawr Lines – 6th Avenue N, Glenwood, and Bryn Mawr were three short TCRT lines in Minneapolis. This program was recorded from a Zoom presentation on August 16, 2021. Narrated by Minnesota Streetcar Museum historian Aaron Isaacs.
  • Chicago-Penn and Chicago-Freemont Lines – This video covers just the Chicago Avenue portion of the TCRT Chicago Penn and Chicago Freemont Lines. It was recorded from a Zoom meeting on August 23, 2021. Narrated by Minnesota Streetcar Museum historian Aaron Isaacs.
  • Motorman Memories of the University Avenue Line – Merle Seils drove the last streetcar on the TCRT University Avenue Line. In this video interview he talks about his career with the company.