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Vancouver tram map 1952


INSET: DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER

Vancouver downtown tram map 1949


ROUTES

Operator: British Columbia Electric Railway Company (BCER)

URBAN STREETCAR ROUTES (VANCOUVER)

  1 18th & Commercial - Commercial - Venables - Clarke - Hastings & Clarke
  3 50th & Main - Main - Hastings - Richards (back: Cambie) - Robson
14 Robson - Richards (back: Granville) - Hastings - Kootenay Loop

INTERURBAN ROUTES

A1 Hastings & Carrall - Central Park (Burnaby) - New Westminster
A2 Hastings & Carrall - Burnaby Lake - New Westminster
A4 Marpole - Richmond - Steveston
A5 Marpole - New Westminster

The following routes ceased operation between 1952 and 1955:

  • A1: 14 July 1954.
  • A2: 22 Oct. 1953.


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Vancouver streetcar lines: ? km.
  • Interurban lines: ? km.


HISTORY

  • Vancouver streetcars: (electric) 28 June 1890 - 21 Apr. 1955.
  • North Vancouver streetcars: (electric) 1 Sept. 1906 - 23 Apr. 1947.
  • Interurban trams: (electric) 3 June 1891 - 28 Feb. 1958.
  • SkyTrain (automated LRT): 3 Jan. 1986 - today.
  • Canada Line (Metro): 17 Aug. 2009 - today.

GAUGE

  • Vancouver and North Vancouver streetcars: 1453 mm.
  • SkyTrain / Canada Line: 1435 mm.

TRAM PRESERVATION

The Transit Museum Society runs vintage interurban streetcars between Granville Island and Science World on weekends and holidays during the summer months. A demonstration service by modern trams from Europe was run on the same line during the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver.


SOURCES

PRINT

  • Cockle, D. "Tram-train community rail for Fraser Valley", Tramways & Urban Transit, Dec. 2010 (73: 876), p.465-466.
  • Conn, H. & Ewert, H. Vancouver's glory years: Public transit 1890-1915. North Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 2003.
  • "End of city trams in Vancouver" (news item), The Modern Tramway, July 1955 (18:211), p.142.
  • Ewert, H. The perfect little street car system. North Vancouver: North Vancouver Museum and Archives Commission, 2000.
  • Ewert, H. The story of the B.C. Electric Railway Company. North Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1986.
  • Guide to Vancouver. Vancouver: British Columbia Electric Railway Company (BCER), 1930.
  • Hyde, R. The Sockeye Special: The story of the Steveston tram and early Lulu Island. Richmond (B.C.): Author, 2011.
  • Kelly, B. & Francis, D. Transit in British Columbia: The first hundred years. Madeira Park (B.C.): Harbour Publishing, 1990.
  • Simons, V. "Vancouver prepares for the Winter Olympics", Tramways & Urban Transit, Jan. 2010 (73: 865), p.11-13.
  • Till, H. Diary of significant events in the history of B.C. Electric's transportation system, 1889-1946. Vancouver: B.C. Electric Co., 1947 [?].
  • Transit System Map of Vancouver, B.C. [Vancouver]: Challengers Cartographers, 1949, 1952 and 1954.

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