Shooting the Charlotte Streetcar

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Shooting the Charlotte Streetcar

Recently I went up I-77 to Charlotte, North Carolina to get a few shots of the new streetcar line. The CityLYNX Gold Line is the first 1.5-mile segment of a 10-mile streetcar system. It travels from the Charlotte Transportation Center via Trade Street to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with six stops that allow citizens to connect to CATS bus and LYNX Blue Line light rail services, small businesses, Central Piedmont Community College and Novant Hospital.

We parked near the end of the line and I immediately saw a shot I wanted to take as it rounded the curve off of Hawthorne Street

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We boarded the next car and went to the point where it connects with both the bus system and the light rail line at the Charlotte Transit Center. We got a few shots at street level, then went up to the platform with thelight rail and waited for the next car to come back

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The wires are all over the place, but it's a shot that was calling out to me to be taken. We went back down to street level and used a little cloud cover to get a shot with the city in the background. I want to go back on a clear day and get there earlier as this is a morning shot with good light.

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Then we took a train back down to the end of the line and set up for another shot with the hospital in the background. The sun came out just in time.

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That was going to be it for the photography that day, but as we walked back to the car, we saw that the streetcar that had just passed was lining up for another shot. I decided to get a detail shot of it this time.

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All in all, not a bad outing for an hour or so on the new streetcar line in Charlotte. I imagine I will return again soon.