Tampa has a heritage streetcar operation that we wanted to ride while in Florida. It runs from the center of the city, past museums, stadiums, and docks for cruise ships, to the old Ybor City district. The line is entirely on a restricted right-of-way in the streets and is single track with several passing sidings.
The cars were built by Gomaco about 2002, using vintage motors and control systems. They look good and are a welcome contrast to the modern LRV's one sees elsewhere.
Here we are meeting a car in the opposite direction. Most of the line has double contact wire to avoid the use of frogs at sidings. In the distance is the Aquarium. It's an interesting ride.
Ybor City is a historic district, somewhat like the French Quarter in New Orleans.
It has a long history of Cuban influence. We watched a man at work inside a cigar store through the window, rolling Cuban cigars by hand. Not enough to make me take up the habit, however.