Street Railways

STREET RAILWAYS powered by electricity were the dominant form of urban public transit in the first half of the 20th century. BC's first street railway opened in VICTORIA on 22 Feb 1890, the first such system west of Ontario. Owned by the National Electric Tramway & Lighting Co, it featured 4 cherrywood rail cars running along 15 km of steel rail and receiving electricity from an overhead wire. VANCOUVER inaugurated a similar system on 26 June 1890, followed by NEW WESTMINSTER in Oct 1891. The...

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