Stop 04

Stop 4: Weidler and Grand

We are at the Eastern most point of the route. We will turn right and now go South towards OMSI.

Hungry? This is a great fast food stop with Burger King, Taco Bell, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Muchas Gracias, Mashita Teriyaki, Starbucks, Wendys and several others within a block or two. You can work it off at the Lloyd Athletic Club at 815 NE Halsey or wash it down with a beer at Devan’s Pub, 715 NE Broadway.

The Lloyd District Community Association is the business and neighborhood association located between the Willamette River and NE 16th.

They have a good list of apartments and restaurants in the area.

Phone stores are as numerous as fast food at this stop. Radio Shack is to our left, Sprint, T-Mobile and Cricket are back one block, and Walgreens is one block north. Automotive services include Oil Can Henry’s, Washman Car Wash and Les Schwab.

We’re at the Northeast edge of of Lloyd_District, our train is now going to turn right and go South towards OMSI.

Lloyd Center Neighborhood Guide lists some of the interesting things around the neighborhood. Elmer’s Flag & Banner, on 13th and Broadway for example, has largest selection of flags in the world, and most of them are onsite.

Laying the track was complicated and time consuming. Stacy & Witbeck contracted with concrete paving specialist Gomaco. It was the first project in the United States to use rail that was only five inches from top to bottom instead of the normal seven inches. That meant they didn’t have to relocate every utility they crossed. Typical railroad tolerance for rail is .125 inch (3 mm) in 60 feet.

The Gomaco Trolley Company also manufacturers vintage streetcars. Bill and Sam Naito bought six trolley cars from Portugal in the early 1980s, with the dream of bringing back trolleys to Portland. Eventually, four new replica Gomaco trolleys were purchased. They ran from downtown to the Lloyd Center.

Although the modern Portland Streetcar did not come to fruition until five years after Bill Naito’s death, Bill Naito was one of the Streetcar’s most influential and ardent supporters, serving on the board of the non-profit Portland Streetcar.

Portland Vintage Trolley has four replica Council Crest trolleys made by Gomaco Trolley Company, which are reproductions of our streetcars running in the early 1900s. It travels through Portland’s Transit Mall although operation in now only a few days a year.

Two of the original Council Crest streetcars, 503 and 506, are preserved by the Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society at its museum in Brooks, Oregon, which is the largest trolley museum in the Northwest.

You can see Portland’s working vintage trolleys in their car barn, under the I-5 bridge. It has big windows and is adjacent to the Rose Quarter Max stop. Most minor maintenance is conducted there.

NEXT: Stop #5, Halsey & NE 9th