THE GS TRAM SITE

GRAND RIVER VALLEY

ONTARIO, CANADA

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15 June 1929

Interurban and city streetcar systems in the Grand River Valley on the last day of operation of the Grand Valley Railway interurban between Brantford and Paris.




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OVERALL SYSTEM MAP

Grand River Valley tram map 1929

INSET: BRANTFORD

Brantford tram map 1929

INSET: GUELPH

Guelph tram map 1929

INSET: KITCHENER-WATERLOO

Kitchener-Waterloo tram map 1929



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ROUTES

URBAN STREETCAR ROUTES

BRANTFORD

Operator: Brantford Municipal Railway

Note: Streetcar lines in Brantford were identified by the part of the town being served. I have no information as to where their downtown terminuses were.

Here is a list of the streetcar routes in 1929:

  • Eagle Place
  • Echo Place
  • Holmedale
  • Main Line
  • Market
  • Mohawk Park
  • Terrace Hill
  • West Brantford

GUELPH

Note: Streetcar lines in Guelph started at the Guelph CNR Station, and were identified by their destination.

Operator: Hydro Electric Railways (formerly, Guelph Radial Railway)

Here is a list of the streetcar routes in 1929:

  • Edinburgh Road (through Suffolk Street)
  • Ontario Agricultural College (through Dundas Street)
  • Victoria Road (through Ontario Street - York Road)
  • Waterloo Avenue (to Silver Creek)
  • Woodlawn Cemetery (through Woolwich Street)

KITCHENER-WATERLOO

Operator: Kitchener-Waterloo Railways

King Street Line Waterloo (Church Street) - Kitchener (along King Street) - Sydney Street
Bridgeport Line Downtown Kitchener (King Street) - Water Street - Louisa Street - Bridgeport

INTERURBAN STREETCAR ROUTES

Canadian National Electric Railways Toronto (St. Clair & Keele) - Churchville - Georgetown - Guelph (CNR Station)
Grand River Railway Waterloo - Kitchener GRR Station - Preston - Galt
Grand River Railway Preston - Hespeler
Grand Valley Railway Brantford - Paris
Lake Erie & Northern Railway Galt - Paris - Brantford - Waterford - Simcoe - Port Dover


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Brantford Municipal Railway: ? km.
  • Canadian National Electric Railways (Toronto- Guelph): 79 km.
  • Grand River Railway: 30 km.
  • Guelph Hydro Electric Railways: ? km.
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Railway: ca. 9 km.
  • Lake Erie & Northern Railway: 82 km.


HISTORY (PASSENGER OPERATIONS): Electrified unless otherwise noted

  • Berlin & Waterloo Street Railway; Kitchener-Waterloo Street Railway: 1888 - 1895 (horse-powered), 18 May 1895 - 27 Dec. 1946 (electric)
  • Brantford Street Railway; Brantford Municipal Railway: 7 July 1886 - 30 March 1893 (horse-powered), 31 March 1893 - 31 Jan. 1940 (electric)
  • Galt, Preston & Hespeler Street Railway; Grand River Railway: 26 July 1894 - 23 April 1955
  • Grand Valley Railway [Brantford - Paris]: March 1903 - 15 June 1929
  • Guelph Radial Railway: 17 Sept. 1895 - 30 Sept. 1937
  • Lake Erie & Northern Railway: 7 Feb. 1916 - 23 April 1955
  • Toronto Suburban Railway (later Canadian National Electric Railways) - Toronto-Guelph interurban: 21 Apr. 1917 - 15 Aug. 1931

GAUGE

  • 1435 mm. except: Brantford lines (1886-1893) (1067 mm = 3'6")

SOURCES

PRINT

  • Mills, J.M. Ontario's Grand River Valley electric railways: The story of the area's streetcars, trolley coaches and interurban railways Montréal: Railfare*DC Books, 2010

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