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Eel_River

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First Electrified Street Systems?
« on: October 20, 2012, 12:16:45 PM »
This was posted on Yahoo Groups.  Were these the first electrified street railways in the US, or just the first by this company?

Note that Lima, Ohio, is on the list.

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In MidwestInterurban@yahoogroups.com, "Dennis" <ge13031@...wrote:

WESTERN ELECTRICIAN, July 9, 1887, pg. 23

The running of street railways by electricity has proven a success, and street railways all over the country are contemplating a change from horses to electricity. The Van Depoele Electric Manufacturing Co. of Chicago, have equipped eight roads, some of which have been running over a year, and all are making money. The following roads are all running successfully by the Van Depoele system:

Capital City Electric Railway Co., Montgomery, Ala, 13 miles—20 cars—8% grades;
Dix Road, Detroit, Michigan, 2 miles— 2 trains of 6 cars—2% grades;
Appleton Electric Railway, Appleton, Wis., 4 miles—5 cars—8% grades;
Windsor Electric Railway, Windsor, Ontario, 2 miles—2 cars—2% grades;
Scranton Suburban Railway, Scranton, Pa., 4 miles—5 cars —7% grades;
Port Huron Electric Railway-Co., Port Huron, Mich., 4 miles—4 cars—3% grades;
Binghamton Electric Railway, Binghamton, N. Y., 5 miles—7 cars—6% grades;
Lima- Street Railway, Lima, Ohio, 4 miles—3 cars—2% grades.

The cars run from six to twenty miles an hour, as desired. Roads are being equipped under the Van Depoele system at Ansonia, Conn., St. Catharine's, Ont. and Brooklyn, N. Y.

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Re: First Electrified Street Systems?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2012, 11:25:48 PM »
It might help a bit to include the date if you could. Indianapolis started the change to electric in the early 1890's if I remember right.

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Re: First Electrified Street Systems?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012, 08:06:49 AM »
The date is in the opening line:

WESTERN ELECTRICIAN, July 9, 1887, pg. 23

Electrification of the listed lines had to be in or before 1887.

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Re: First Electrified Street Systems?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012, 09:14:22 AM »
I think this list is just by the company. I've found a number of roads that were equipped with electric equipment before 1887, most notably in South Bend, IN. The electric car was put into service in 1882 on Michigan Street. 1886 brought about the Montgomery, Alabama electric street system as well. Hope this helps.

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Re: First Electrified Street Systems?
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2012, 11:12:16 PM »
Hi Craig

We did cover this topic in here before. I finally found the link to the site that says lafayette had the first completed system. But South Bend had the very first experimental car.

Here is the link, you be the judge.

http://centerforhistory.org/learn-history/indiana-history/pioneer-settlement-in-indiana-1790-1849

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