Updated 8-18-2007: Various YouTube video clips from the event are added at the bottom of the post.
Today marks the opening of the Portland Streetcar Lowell extension in the South Waterfront district. The event was celebrated with live music, a chartered streetcar (or two) for the crowd, food/coffee, and speeches from officials including Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski.
I managed to grab a few photos and an assortment of video clips.
A crowd gathers at the Market St. station in the South Park Blocks awaiting the 1st chartered streetcar to the new Lowell extension.
More photos after the jump…
A lone double-bass waits to board the Portland Streetcar. (The band "3 leg Torso" performed on the celebratory charter run.)
More of the gathering crowd.
Kay Dannen with Portland Streetcar Inc. helped organize the Portland Streetcar Lowell Extension celebration.
Chris Smith apparently doesn’t like my camera. :-)
The crowd gathers at the Portland Streetcar Lowell Terminus to hear celebratory speeches and live music.
TriMet general manager Fred Hansen (center, facing left) chats with others arriving at the new Portland Streetcar Lowell Terminus.
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski speaks with reporters after arriving via chartered streetcar — the first "official" trip to Lowell.
The band "3 leg Torso" performs.
Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams, with a borrowed motorman hat. (Governor Ted Kulongoski warned Sam to be wary of politicians wearing hats lest he suffer the fate of Michael Dukakis and others.)
More of 3 leg Torso.
More of Governor Ted Kulongoski at the opening ceremony.
Four motormen (actually one woman and three men) from the Willamette Shore Trolley vintage line take a break from the festivities at the Lowell station of the new Portland Streetcar extension.
A streetcar prepares to depart from the Lowell festivities.
Microwave masts rise like, well Condominiums in the South Waterfront District.
New condo towers rise in the South Waterfront district, as seen from the Lowell terminus of the Portland Streetcar.
The arrival (nearly silent) of the first ceremonial charter streetcar to carry celebrants to Lowell. Actual regular service began earlier in the day.
The band 3 leg Torso provided live music while in transit to Lowell. (Unfortunately, the camera I was using had almost no bass response, so the audio doesn’t reflect the excellent performance.)
Governor Kulongoski’s introductory remarks – This is mainly introductions of other officials, but contains a great moment at the beginning where the Governor chides Sam Adams for wearing a borrowed “Motorman” hat – warning him about the fate of politicians seen wearing hats such as Michael Dukakis.
Governor Kulongoski’s main speech.
3 leg Torso, accompanied by singer Valerie Day performs “Clang Clang Clang went the Trolley”. (Again, sorry for the lack of bass response.)