Image: Horse Drawn streetcar
Source: Library of Congress 

During the delegates’ time in Washington D.C, they encountered streetcars passing through the bustle of the boulevards. Pulled by horses, the cars were used to transport freight, baggage, and as many as fifty people. The group marveled at the vehicle’s ability to carry so many passengers and cargo with ease. Kunitake Kume suspected that the streetcars were so efficient because of their superior wheel craftsmanship, coupled with the city’s well-surfaced roads.


Reeves, William Fullerton. The First Elevated Railroads In Manhattan And The Bronx Of The City Of New York: The Story of Their Development and Progress. New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1936.

Edahiro, Junko. “The Rebirth of Trams: The Promise of Light Railway Transit (LRT).” Japan for Sustainability Newsletter, no. 64 (December 2007).