Historic streetcar rolls through New Orleans again

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St. Charles streetcar rumbled and clanked through the Big Easy on Tuesday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina shut down the world's oldest continuously running line 16 months ago.

Operator Clarence Glover, with 25 years on the St. Charles line, pulled out the pine green car built in 1922 with his first post-Katrina passengers, including Mayor Ray Nagin.

"It feels great, like I've been away from home for a long time and now I'm back," said Glover, 54.

The St. Charles line, long a symbol of New Orleans, opened in 1835 with steam-powered cars before using overhead electricity from 1893. Before Katrina, it carried 3 million passengers a year, including many a Mardi Gras reveler.

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