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30 Aug. 1948

The Edmonton streetcar network in its dying days, after abandonment of service on 114 Avenue and 101 Street. Note the isolated Calder stub service.




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I created the above map by overlaying an OpenStreetMap (OSM) map with my own data. Copyright on the OSM map is © OpenStreetMap & Contributors, licensed under a CC-BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence).

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ROUTES

Operator: Edmonton Transit System

URBAN STREETCAR ROUTES

Streetcar routes in Edmonton were identified by a colour scheme that appeared both in panels and lights used on the vehicles. In the table below, a letter code is used for the appropriate colour(s) (it also appears on the map). The full route name is also given.

B Blue Whyte Av. (from 104 St.) - 109 St. - High Level Bridge - 109 St. - Jasper Av. - 97 St. - 95 St. - 118 Av. - 66 St. - North Edmonton (124 Av.)
BW Blue & White Whyte Av. (from 104 St.) - 109 St. - High Level Bridge - 109 St. - Jasper Av. - 97 St. - 95 St. - 118 Av. (at 80 St.)
... Calder Calder - 127 Av. - 124 St. - 107 Av. - 101 St. - Jasper Av. - 109 St. - 97 Av. - Rossdale (near the Low Level Bridge)

Service discontinuation dates in the Edmonton system after Jan. 1944 (corresponding route designations in brackets):

  • 1944 Aug. 10: Whyte Av. (between 99 and 104 St.) (RW, W)
  • 1945 July 22: Highlands (112 Av. - Jasper Av [east of 97 St.]) (W)
  • 1945 Oct.: Rossdale (97 Av.) (Rossdale stub, ex-RG)
  • 1947 Aug. 9: McKernan's Lake (76 Av. - 104 St.) (RB)
  • 1947 Oct. 5: Jasper Av. (west of 109 St.) - 124 St. (south of 107 Av.) (B, BW)
  • 1948 May 2: 124 St. (between 107 Av. and 118 Av.) (RG)
  • 1948 Aug. 8: 107 Av. (RG)
  • 1948 Aug. 29: 114 Av. and 101 St. (RW)
  • 1949 Aug. 21: Whyte Av. - 109 St. (south of 84 Av.) (B, BW)
  • 1949 Aug. 28: Calder stub line (Calder)
  • 1951 Sept. 2: Rest of the system (109 St., High Level Bridge, Jasper Av., 97 St., 95 St., 118 Av., 66 St.) (B, BW)


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Streetcar lines: 32 km.


HISTORY

  • Streetcars (Old system): 9 Nov. 1908 - 2 Sept. 1951.
  • C-Train (LRT): 23 Apr. 1978 - today.

GAUGE

  • 1435 mm.

TRAM PRESERVATION

The Edmonton Radial Railway Society operates heritage streetcars (from Edmonton and elsewhere) over a dedicated restored right-of-way in downtown Edmonton, using tracks on the High Level Bridge, as well as in historic Fort Edmonton Park.


SOURCES

PRINT

  • Hatcher, C.K. & Schwarzkopf, T. Edmonton's electric transit: The story of Edmonton's streetcars and trolley buses. Toronto: Railfare Enterprises, 1983.
  • Simons, V. "Driving North American 'Urban Style' LRT", Tramways & Urban Transit, March 2015 (78: 927), p.101-104.
  • Taplin, M.R. Tramways of North America including rapid transit. Hassocks (West Sussex), England: Light Rail Transit Association, 2nd ed., [1981].

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