INSET: DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER
Operator: British Columbia Electric Railway Company (BCER)
URBAN STREETCAR ROUTES (VANCOUVER)
|1||Granville - Broadway - Main - Hastings - Granville (circular route; both directions)|
|2||Denman - Robson (back: Davie) - Granville - Cordova - Main - 33rd Ave. & Main|
|3||Denman - Robson (back: Davie) - Granville - Cordova - Main - Fraser River (North Arm)|
|4||18th & Commercial - Commercial - Venables - Clark - Hastings - Richards - Granville Bridge - 4th Ave. - 4th. & Alma|
|5||Denman - Davie (back: Robson) - Granville - Hastings - Main - Broadway - Broadway & Findlay (just past Commercial)|
|6||49th & Fraser - Fraser - Kingsway - Main - Cordova - Granville - 41st Ave. - Kerrisdale (West Boulevard)|
|7||Marine Drive & Fraser - Fraser - Kingsway - Main - Cordova - Granville - 41st Ave. - 41st & Dunbar|
|9||44th & Victoria - Victoria Dr. - Kingsway - Main - Powell - Cordova - Main Post Office (Hastings & Granville)|
|10||54th & Victoria - Victoria Dr. - Kingsway - Main - Powell - Cordova - Granville - Pender - Georgia - Stanley Park|
|11||Joyce Loop - Kingsway - Main - Powell - Cordova - Granville - Pender - Georgia - Stanley Park|
|12||Downtown (Hastings) - Granville (back: Robson - Richards) - Granville - BCER Bridge - Kitsilano Loop|
|13||(10th & Sasamat - 10th Ave. [this direction only]) / (41st & Dunbar - Dunbar) - Alma - Broadway - Granville - Davie - Richards - Hastings - Renfrew - Dundas & Renfrew (Exhibition Park)|
|14||(4th & Drummond - 4th Ave. - Sasamat - 10th Ave. [this direction only]) / (41st & Dunbar - Dunbar) - Alma - Broadway - Granville - Davie - Richards - Hastings - Boundary & Hastings|
|15||Boundary & Hastings - Hastings - Richards - Davie - Granville - Broadway - Alma - 10th Ave. - 10th & Sasamat [this direction only]|
|16||Boundary & Hastings - Hastings - Richards - Davie - Granville - Broadway - Alma - 10th Ave. - Sasamat - 4th Ave. - 4th & Drummond [this direction only]|
|17||Cambie & Hastings - Cambie - Broadway - Oak - Marine Drive & Oak|
|18||Nanaimo & Hastings - Nanaimo - Broadway - Broadway & Findlay|
|19||Downtown (Granville & Hastings) - Cordova (back: Hastings) - Cordova - Powell - Powell & Commercial|
|20||Downtown (Granville & Hastings) - Cordova (back: Hastings) - Cordova - Powell - Dundas - Eton (back: McGill) - Kaslo|
|?||Francis & Victoria Dr. - Francis - Georgia - Main - Hastings - Cordova - Granville - Pender - Georgia - Stanley Park|
|?||Broadway & Oak - Oak - 16th Ave. - 16th & Main|
|?||25th & Granville - 25th Ave. (King Edward Ave.) - 25th & Oak|
|?||Hastings & Boundary - Hastings - Ellesmere (in Burnaby)|
NB: The last four routes have unknown route numbers.
URBAN STREETCAR ROUTES (NORTH VANCOUVER)
|1||North Vancouver Ferry Terminal - Lonsdale - Windsor Rd. & Lonsdale|
|2||North Vancouver Ferry Terminal - 1st Str. E.- Grand Blvd. - Lynn Valley Rd. - Dempsey Rd.|
|3||North Vancouver Ferry Terminal - 1st Str. W - Mahon - Marine Dr. - Fell Ave. - 20th. Str. - 22nd Str. - Capilano River|
The last day of operation of street cars in North Vancouver was: 23 April 1947
|A1||Hastings & Carrall - Central Park (Burnaby) - New Westminster|
|A2||Hastings & Carrall - Burnaby Lake - New Westminster|
|A3||Vancouver (Pacific & Richards) - Granville - Arbutus - Marpole|
|A4||Vancouver (Pacific & Richards) - Granville - Arbutus - Marpole - Richmond - Steveston|
|A5||Vancouver (Pacific & Richards) - Granville - Arbutus - Marpole - New Westminster|
NB: The route numbers given above are those used in a later source. It is possible that in 1940 the interurban routes had only names, not numbers.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Vancouver streetcar lines: ? km.
- North Vancouver streetcar lines: 16.4 km.
- Interurban lines: ? km.
- 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.
- Vancouver and North Vancouver streetcars: 1453 mm.
- SkyTrain / Canada Line: 1435 mm.
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.
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- "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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