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Tramways Limited

Another Interurban Railway

You have probably heard of the Edmonton Interurban Railway, which operated from Edmonton to St. Albert for only a single year (granted, it began with much greater ambitions than that!).

This is not that railway. Tramways Limited was organized in 1913, and had a charter to go from Edmonton to such suburban locations as Namao, Bon Accord, and Fort Saskatchewan. There is no physical evidence remaining of this railway on our landscape, and I would have to guess that, although Tramways limited had shovels in the ground in October of 1914, this interurban railway was never completed.

Newspaper articles below were taken from the Peel Prairie Provinces website.

January 1913: The Beginning

19130129 - The Edmonton Bulletin, January 29, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 6, Item Ad00602_22

Tramways Limited publishes notice of its intent to incorporate as a street railway company. – The Edmonton Bulletin, January 29, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 6, Item Ad00602_22. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

February-March 1913: A Company is Created

Act to Incorporate Tramways, Limited (assented to in March 1913) provides many of the details we know about this interurban railway. As seen below, the railway could not use steam and was permitted to generate electric power. It is likely that this railway would have followed the same plan as the Edmonton Interurban Railway, using Gasoline powered interurban cars (with a mix of space for passengers and freight) initially and then eventually erecting overhead lines to utilize electric power. It was also possible that Tramways, Limited would have used gasoline power outside of Edmonton and then electric once their interurban streetcars entered the City and came under the control and operation of the City of Edmonton (as per the agreement later made with the City of Edmonton).

“7. The company may lay out, construct and operate a line of railway to be operated by any motive power other than steam with a gauge of four feet eight and one-half inches from a point as follows:

(a) From a point at or near the boundary of the City of Edmonton northerly to or near Bon Accord;

(b) From a point upon the last mentioned line easterly to a point in the Fort Saskatchewan Settlement;

(c) From a point at or at the boundary of the City of Edmonton or from a point on the firstly mentioned line northerly to a point in the Fort Saskatchewan Settlement;

(d) From a point on the boundary of the City of Edmonton easterly and northerly on the south bank of the Saskatchewan River to a point in the Fort Saskatchewan settlement;

together with such branches as may be convenient not extending more than six miles in length.”

“12. The company may generate or acquire electric or other power or energy and may transmit, sell and dispose of the same.”

One particularly curious part of the Act, for an interurban tramway at least, is the requirement that they accept and transport farmers’ grains, as outlined below:

“15. The company shall at all stations upon their railway always permit the loading of grain into cars from farmers’ vehicles or flat warehouses, subject to reasonable regulations to be made by the said company, and shall at all reasonable times afford roper facilities therefor.”

This makes me wonder if the interurban railway would have ended up being more like an electric railway, with electric locomotives pulling passenger and freight cars. The limited size (6 miles) and the name of this railway (Tramways, Limited) seem to indicate this is not the case though. Furthermore, the agreement later made between Tramways Limited and the City of Edmonton stipulated that the interurban streetcars operated by Tramways Limited be of the same general design as the City’s streetcars.

19130326 - The Edmonton Bulletin, March 26, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 7, Item Ar00702

Tramways Limited is officially incorporated by Bill 51. – The Edmonton Bulletin, March 26, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 7, Item Ar00702. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

 

March 1914

19140313 - The Edmonton Capital, March 13, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 4, Item Ar00406

Tramways Limited (of 14 Howard Street) proposes to build a tramway line from Edmonton to Bon Accord. – The Edmonton Capital, March 13, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 4, Item Ar00406. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

June 1914: Survey Map

On June 29, 1914, Tramways Limited submitted a survey map to the Government of Alberta This fascinating map — available via SPIN2 (Survey Map 6222AZ) — shows the interurban tramway traveling a different route than the one laid out in the legislation above. It runs north from Edmonton to (just east of ) Namao, then through Duagh, northeast (almost) to New Lunnen, and east to almost reach the North Saskatchewan River.

July 1914

Tramways Limited is looking for a way to enter Edmonton.

19140701 - The Edmonton Bulletin, July 1, 1914 (Morning Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00113

Tramways Limited proposes to operate an electric tramway from Edmonton to Namao and Fort Saskatchewan. – The Edmonton Bulletin, July 1, 1914 (Morning Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00113. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19140716 - The Edmonton Capital, July 16, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 7, Item Ar00720

Tramways Limited is attempting to have trackage all the way to the Edmonton City Market at 10707-101 Street. Interestingly, this article mentions Tramways Limited having a “present terminal point”. This could either be land the company had secured or an actual functioning terminal (though the former is more likely). – The Edmonton Capital, July 16, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 7, Item Ar00720. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19140717 - The Edmonton Bulletin, July 17, 1914 (Morning Edition), Page 2, Item Ar00205

Agreements for the Edmonton Interurban Railway and Tramways Limited to go before ratepayers. – The Edmonton Bulletin, July 17, 1914 (Morning Edition), Page 2, Item Ar00205. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19140724 - The Edmonton Capital, July 21, 1914, Page 1, Item Ar00108

Another article that seems to speak of Tramways Limited’s service in the present tense. This blurb suggests the idea that their streetcars could travel over Edmonton Radial Railway trackage to get to 101 street and 107 avenue. – The Edmonton Capital, July 21, 1914, Page 1, Item Ar00108. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection). Tramways Limited proposes having service all the way south to the City Market at 101st Street.

19140725 - The Edmonton Capital, July 25, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00114

The City of Edmonton’s agreement with Tramways Limited continues to take shape. – The Edmonton Capital, July 25, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00114. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19140729 - The Edmonton Bulletin, July 29, 1914 (Morning Edition), Page 2, Item Ar00209

More on the Tramways Limited agreement. – The Edmonton Bulletin, July 29, 1914 (Morning Edition), Page 2, Item Ar00209. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19140729 - The Edmonton Capital, July 29, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 12, Item Ar01205

Yet more on the Tramways Limited agreement. – The Edmonton Capital, July 29, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 12, Item Ar01205. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

August 1914

19140806 - The Edmonton Capital, August 6, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 4, Item Ar00406

Another article on the Tramways Limited agreement. Interestingly, this one indicates that its suburban lines are still just proposed. – The Edmonton Capital, August 6, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 4, Item Ar00406. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19140807 - The Edmonton Capital, August 7, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00109

Tramways Limited is eager to begin construction of its line to Namao (which could be operational by November 1st) and then further northeast. They also are considering a line northwest to the Pembina River (which may have been the Edmonton Northwestern Radial Railway Company). This article notes that the engineer connected to Tramways Limited (A.E. Farncombe) is also connected to the (nearly complete) Gull Lake line (Possibly the Lacombe and Blindman Valley Electric Railway). – The Edmonton Capital, August 7, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00109. . (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19140822 - The Edmonton Capital, August 22, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 2, Item Ar00208

Work held up on Tramways Limited. – The Edmonton Capital, August 22, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 2, Item Ar00208. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

September 1914

19140909 - The Edmonton Bulletin, September 9, 1914 (MORNING EDITION), Page 6, Item Ar00605

The agreement further evolves. Now, the City of Edmonton will permit Tramways Limited to build lines within the City to connect to Edmonton Radial Railway trackage, but the City will take over operation of Tramways, Limited streetcar upon their entry to the City. – The Edmonton Bulletin, September 9, 1914 (MORNING EDITION), Page 6, Item Ar00605. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19140917 - The Edmonton Bulletin, September 17, 1914 (MORNING EDITION), Page 8, Item Ar00805

City Council officially approves the agreement with Tramways Limited. – The Edmonton Bulletin, September 17, 1914 (MORNING EDITION), Page 8, Item Ar00805. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19140918 - The Edmonton Capital, September 18, 1914, Page 8, Item Ar00808

City Council officially approves the agreement with Tramways Limited. – The Edmonton Capital, September 18, 1914, Page 8, Item Ar00808. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

October 1914

19141017 - [Evidence of Construction] The Edmonton Capital, October 17, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 5, Item Ar00503

Tramways Limited has three gangs of men at work building its line from 101 street and 107 avenue to Namao. The Edmonton Northwestern Radial Railway Company may be using this trackage for their own service to enter the City in the future. – The Edmonton Capital, October 17, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 5, Item Ar00503. This is the only evidence found (so far) that any of this railway was ever constructed.. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

December 1914

19141211 - The Edmonton Bulletin, December 11, 1914 (MORNING EDITION), Page 4, Item Ar00411

Tramways Limited cars will use “gasoline and electric power, but they may be fitted to use electricity from the city when within the city.” – The Edmonton Bulletin, December 11, 1914 (MORNING EDITION), Page 4, Item Ar00411. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

Below, you will find the most thorough overview of this railway that I have found. Begin at “Public Notice”

19141212 - The Edmonton Bulletin, December 12, 1914 (MORNING EDITION), Page 15, Item Ad01502

The best known overview of Tramways Limited and their agreement with the City of Edmonton. – The Edmonton Bulletin, December 12, 1914 (MORNING EDITION), Page 15, Item Ad01502. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

January 1915

19150127 - The Edmonton Bulletin, January 27, 1915, Page 1, Item Ar00110 02

Tramways Limited fails to convince the necessary two-thirds of Edmonton’s electorate at the polls. – The Edmonton Bulletin, January 27, 1915, Page 1, Item Ar00110. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

19150127 - The Edmonton Bulletin, January 27, 1915, Page 1, Item Ar00111

Tramways Limited to try a new strategy for funding which does not require ratepayer approval. – The Edmonton Bulletin, January 27, 1915, Page 1, Item Ar00111. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

February 1915

19150203 - The Edmonton Bulletin, February 3, 1915, Page 5, Item Ar00516

Tramways Limited bylaw on hold. – The Edmonton Bulletin, February 3, 1915, Page 5, Item Ar00516. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

1917 - Peel 10969_ Edmonton (Alta.). City Council. By-laws of the City of Edmonton as revised and consolidated down to 30th November, 1917 [page 40]

As seen above, the bylaw authorizing the Tramways Limited agreement was passed on February 9, 1915, and remained in force until at least 1917. – Peel 10969: Edmonton (Alta.). City Council. (1917). By-laws of the City of Edmonton as revised and consolidated down to 30th November, 1917.

19150217 - The Edmonton Bulletin, February 17, 1915, Page 7, Item Ar00711

Tramways Limited passes a resolution, likely to align with the agreement passed by City Council – The Edmonton Bulletin, February 17, 1915, Page 7, Item Ar00711. (Courtesy of the Peel’s Prairie Provinces Collection).

And this is the last I have found in the news on Tramways Limited. It just seems to have faded away…

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Summerland (127 Street)

This community was established based upon proximity to the Edmonton Interurban Railway. Its nucleus was along 127 Street near the interurban tracks. After the railway stopped operations (1914) the community died.

1913 (Probably Looking Southwest on 127 Street)

Ad00605_2 - Photo from Summerland Ad - The Edmonton Bulletin, October 9, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 6, Item Ad00605_2 - 1913

1913

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September 30 1913

na-1328-2057 - Day excursion to Summerland, Alberta. - September 30 1913

Newspaper Advertisements (1913)

The Edmonton Capital, September 19, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 13, Item Ad01303_3 - v2

The Edmonton Capital, October 4, 1913, Page 9, Item Ad00902_4

Ad00902_5 - Summerland Ad - The Edmonton Capital, October 4, 1913 (Last Edition), Page 9, Item Ad00902_5 - 1913Ad00903_4 - Summerland Ad with emphasis on electric lighting - The Edmonton Capital, October 10, 1913 (Last Edition), Page 9, Item Ad00903_4 - 1913Ad00910_2 - Summerland Ad with Photo - The Edmonton Capital, October 17, 1913 (Last Edition), Page 9, Item Ad00910_2 - 1913

 

Edmonton Interurban Railway

Raymond Brutinel and the Montreal Syndicate’s Edmonton Interurban Railway

The Edmonton Bulletin, August 18, 1909 (5 P.M. EDITION), Page 8, Item Ar00819

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, August 18, 1909 (5 P.M. EDITION), Page 8, Item Ar00819

The Edmonton Bulletin, August 20, 1909 (5 P.M. EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00121

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, August 20, 1909 (5 P.M. EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00121

The Edmonton Bulletin, August 27, 1909 (3 P.M. EDITION), Page 10, Item Ar01007

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, August 27, 1909 (3 P.M. EDITION), Page 10, Item Ar01007

Saturday News, August 28, 1909, Page 1, Item Ar00104

Peel: Saturday News, August 28, 1909, Page 1, Item Ar00104

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 9, 1909 (5 P.M. EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00109

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, September 9, 1909 (5 P.M. EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00109

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 11, 1909 (3 P.M. EDITION), Page 8, Item Ar00808

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, September 11, 1909 (3 P.M. EDITION), Page 8, Item Ar00808

The Edmonton Bulletin, March 16, 1910 (5 P.M. EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00108

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, March 16, 1910 (5 P.M. EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00108

Meanwhile, Brutinel looks to Prince Rupert, B.C.

The Edmonton Capital, March 30, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00106

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, March 30, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00106

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 4, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00120

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, May 4, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00120

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 4, 1910, Page 2, Item Ar00210

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, May 4, 1910, Page 2, Item Ar00210

The Edmonton Capital, May 4, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00118.png

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, May 4, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00118

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 12, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00118

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, May 12, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00118

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 13, 1910, Page 3, Item Ar00314

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, May 13, 1910, Page 3, Item Ar00314

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 18, 1910, Page 8, Item Ar00803

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, May 18, 1910, Page 8, Item Ar00803

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 25, 1910, Page 12, Item Ar01208

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, May 25, 1910, Page 12, Item Ar01208

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 28, 1910, Page 5, Item Ar00502

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, May 28, 1910, Page 5, Item Ar00502

Interurban to Lake Wabamun considered…

The Edmonton Bulletin, June 2, 1910, Page 5, Item Ar00505

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, June 2, 1910, Page 5, Item Ar00505

Criticism hits the news…

The Edmonton Bulletin, June 4, 1910, Page 3, Item Ar00311

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, June 4, 1910, Page 3, Item Ar00311

 

The Edmonton Bulletin, June 11, 1910, Page 9, Item Ar00902

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, June 11, 1910, Page 9, Item Ar00902

 

The Edmonton Capital, June 18, 1910, Page 2, Item Ar00207

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, June 18, 1910, Page 2, Item Ar00207

 

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 26, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00122

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, September 26, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00122

The Edmonton Municipal Improvement League, led by Joe Clarke, voices their opposition the the Edmonton Interurban Railway based on the fact that the railway’s charter would allow it to mine (and distribute) coal. The league argued that this would give the railway a monopoly on coal over other coal producers.

The Edmonton Capital, November 11, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00122

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, November 11, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00122

 

The Edmonton Capital, December 5, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00113

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, December 5, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00113

 

The Edmonton Capital, December 6, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00119

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, December 6, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00119

 

The Edmonton Bulletin, December 6, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00105

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, December 6, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00105

 

The Edmonton Capital, December 7, 1910, Page 4, Item Ar00403

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, December 7, 1910, Page 4, Item Ar00403

 

The Edmonton Bulletin, December 8, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00114

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, December 8, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00114

 

The Edmonton Capital, December 9, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00116

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, December 9, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00116

 

The Edmonton Interurban Railway company takes “a rather stiff blow” when it has rights to mine coal and develop municipal power utilities taken away. These activities would have helped in making the venture profitable.

The Edmonton Capital, December 9, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00123

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, December 9, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00123

 

The Edmonton Capital, December 14, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00102

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, December 14, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00102

 

The Edmonton Capital, December 15, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00113

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, December 15, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00113

 

The Edmonton Interurban Railway bill is passed in the Alberta Legislature, but its charter’s profitability has certainly been undermined.

The Edmonton Bulletin, December 16, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00112

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, December 16, 1910, Page 1, Item Ar00112

 

The Edmonton Capital, December 16, 1910, Page 4, Item Ar00403

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, December 16, 1910, Page 4, Item Ar00403

The Edmonton Capital, February 7, 1911, Page 1, Item Ar00103

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, February 7, 1911, Page 1, Item Ar00103

The Edmonton Capital, February 24, 1911, Page 2, Item Ar00205

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, February 24, 1911, Page 2, Item Ar00205

Undeterred by the loss of mining and power utility rights, the Montreal Syndicate continues the coal venture under a different company, but with the same Board of Directors (as indicated in the article below).

The Edmonton Capital, March 10, 1911, Page 1, Item Ar00117

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, March 10, 1911, Page 1, Item Ar00117

One real estate company promotes its development’s close location (in reality it would be more than 8 blocks away) to the interurban…

The Edmonton Bulletin, March 22, 1911, Page 10, Item Ad01002_6

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, March 22, 1911, Page 10, Item Ad01002_6

However, it isn’t long before Brutinel’s Edmonton Interurban Railway vision dies.

The Edmonton Capital, March 24, 1911, Page 4, Item Ar00405

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, March 24, 1911, Page 4, Item Ar00405

 

The English Syndicate’s Edmonton Interurban Railway

Brutinel transfers the Edmonton Interurban Railway Company and its charter to an English Syndicate.

The Edmonton Capital, November 21, 1911, Page 4, Item Ar00405

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, November 21, 1911, Page 4, Item Ar00405

 

The Edmonton Capital, November 23, 1911, Page 4, Item Ar00410

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, November 23, 1911, Page 4, Item Ar00410

 

The Edmonton Bulletin, December 6, 1911 (Morning Edition), Page 4, Item Ad00405_4

Peel:The Edmonton Bulletin, December 6, 1911 (Morning Edition), Page 4, Item Ad00405_4

 

The Edmonton Capital, December 7, 1911, Page 9, Item Ar00906

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, December 7, 1911, Page 9, Item Ar00906

 

The Edmonton Bulletin, January 25, 1912 (MORNING EDITION), Page 3, Item Ar00329

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, January 25, 1912 (MORNING EDITION), Page 3, Item Ar00329

 

Mirror Journal, February 22, 1912, Page 4, Item Ar00408

Peel: Mirror Journal, February 22, 1912, Page 4, Item Ar00408

The Edmonton Bulletin, August 20, 1912 (MORNING EDITION), Page 10, Item Ad01001_4

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, August 20, 1912 (MORNING EDITION), Page 10, Item Ad01001_4

Construction Finally Commences on the St Albert Line

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 30, 1912 (Morning Edition), Page 6, Item Ar00603

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, September 30, 1912 (Morning Edition), Page 6, Item Ar00603

The Edmonton Bulletin, October 18, 1912 (Morning Edition), Page 11, Item Ar01104

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, October 18, 1912 (Morning Edition), Page 11, Item Ar01104

 

Mirror, October 25, 1912, Page 3, Item Ar00304

Peel: Mirror, October 25, 1912, Page 3, Item Ar00304

 

The Edmonton Bulletin, November 16, 1912 (Morning Edition), Page 4, Item Ad00403_5

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, November 16, 1912 (Morning Edition), Page 4, Item Ad00403_5

The St. Albert Star-Étoile de St. Albert, November 20, 1912 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00104

Peel: The St. Albert Star/Étoile de St. Albert, November 20, 1912 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00104

The St. Albert Star-Étoile de St. Albert, November 27, 1912 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00104

Peel: The St. Albert Star/Étoile de St. Albert, November 27, 1912 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00104

The St. Albert Star-Étoile de St. Albert, January 15, 1913 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00102

Peel: The St. Albert Star/Étoile de St. Albert, January 15, 1913 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00102

The Edmonton Bulletin, February 14, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 8, Item Ar00803.png

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, February 14, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 8, Item Ar00803

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 13, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 12, Item Ar01206

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, May 13, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 12, Item Ar01206

The St. Albert Star-Étoile de St. Albert, May 14, 1913 (English), Page 4, Item Ar00402

Peel: The St. Albert Star/Étoile de St. Albert, May 14, 1913 (English), Page 4, Item Ar00402

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 30, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 4, Item Ar00410.png

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, May 30, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 4, Item Ar00410

The Edmonton Bulletin, June 27, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 6, Item Ar00606.png

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, June 27, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 6, Item Ar00606

The St. Albert Star-Étoile de St. Albert, July 2, 1913 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00103.png

Peel: The St. Albert Star/Étoile de St. Albert, July 2, 1913 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00103

The Edmonton Capital, July 3, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 7, Item Ar00706.png

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, July 3, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 7, Item Ar00706

The Edmonton Bulletin, July 12, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 20, Item Ar02005

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, July 12, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 20, Item Ar02005

The Edmonton Bulletin, July 15, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 1, Item Pc00103_4

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, July 15, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 1, Item Pc00103_4

The Edmonton Capital, July 30, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00121

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, July 30, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00121

The Edmonton Capital, August 1, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 15, Item Ad01503_9.png

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, August 1, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 15, Item Ad01503_9

The Edmonton Capital, August 2, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00114

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, August 2, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 1, Item Ar00114

The Edmonton Bulletin, August 4, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 5, Item Ar00518

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, August 4, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 5, Item Ar00518

The Edmonton Capital, August 6, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 2, Item Ar00215

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, August 6, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 2, Item Ar00215

 

After years of publishing against the railway, the Edmonton Daily Capital changed its tune

The Edmonton Capital, August 9, 1913 (LAST EDITION)

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, August 9, 1913 (LAST EDITION)

The Edmonton Bulletin, August 21, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 4, Item Ar00415

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, August 21, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 4, Item Ar00415

The Edmonton Capital, August 27, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 3, Item Ar00305

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, August 27, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 3, Item Ar00305

The Edmonton Capital, August 30, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 5, Item Ar00514

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, August 30, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 5, Item Ar00514

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 4, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 10, Item Ar01008

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, September 4, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 10, Item Ar01008

The Edmonton Capital, September 19, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 13, Item Ad01303_3.png

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, September 19, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 13, Item Ad01303_3

The Edmonton Capital, September 30, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 4, Item Ad00415_6

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, September 30, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 4, Item Ad00415_6

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 30, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 8, Item Ar00803

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, September 30, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 8, Item Ar00803

The Edmonton Bulletin, October 1, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 8, Item Ar00813

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, October 1, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 8, Item Ar00813

The Edmonton Bulletin, October 2, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 5, Item Ad00502_2.png

Peel: The Edmonton Bulletin, October 2, 1913 (Morning Edition), Page 5, Item Ad00502_2

The St. Albert Star-Étoile de St. Albert, October 8, 1913 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00102

Peel: The St. Albert Star/Étoile de St. Albert, October 8, 1913 (English), Page 1, Item Ar00102

The Edmonton Capital, October 14, 1913 (Last Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00111.png

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, October 14, 1913 (Last Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00111

The Edmonton Capital, October 15, 1913 (Last Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00108

Peel: The Edmonton Capital, October 15, 1913 (Last Edition), Page 1, Item Ar00108

St. Albert Line

EIR Route Map - (Annotated)

  1. Terminus: 124 Street & 132 Ave
  2. 124 Street & 137 Ave
  3. 131 Street & 137 Ave
  4. 131 Street & 145 Ave
  5. 127 Street
  6. St. Albert Trail crossing
  7. 170 Street & 145 Avenue
  8. Grandin Road
  9. St. Anne Street (formerly St. Jean Baptiste Street) & St. Thomas Street
  10. Edmonton Street & St. Thomas Street (note: Edmonton Street no longer exists)
  11. Edmonton Street & St. Michael Street
  12. Piron/Perron Street & St. Michael Street
  13. Terminus: Piron/Perron Street & St. Anne Street

Perron Street, St. Albert – Looking North: 1913 and 2014

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MHM mhm-2039-is-mhm-671 - Interurban Railway - 1912 - Now

St. Anne Street, St. Albert – Looking North: 1913 and 2014

Although the newspaper identifies this spot as outside St. Albert, looking that the track map versus the scenery in the photo makes present-day St. Anne street the only possible location.

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nc-6-441 - Edmonton Interurban railway, Edmonton, Alberta. - 2014

Midway between Edmonton and St. Albert: 1913

Ar02005 - The Edmonton Capital, August 9, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 20, Item Ar02005 - Between Edmonton and St. Albert - 1913

Summerland, 145 Ave Edmonton – Looking Northeast: 1913

Read more about the Summerland community here.

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Car Barn and Yard, 124 Street and 137 Avenue: 1913

The car barn and yard were located near 124 Street on the south side of 137 Avenue. Check out the UAlberta Press map for details.

na-1328-1877 - Stacks of ties for street railway track, Edmonton, Alberta. - Yard near 124 Street and 137 Ave - October 1913

NC-6-500 - Edmonton Interurban Railway, Edmonton, Alberta. - Car barn near 124 Street and 137 Ave - October 1913

NC-6-502 - Edmonton Interurban Railway, Edmonton, Alberta. - Yard near 124 Street and 137 Ave - October 1913

na-1328-1886 - Building beside interurban railway track - 1913

na-1328-1880 - Stacks of ties for street railway track, Edmonton, Alberta. - Yard near 124 Street and 137 Ave - October 1913

NC-6-501 - Edmonton Interurban Railway, Edmonton, Alberta. - Yard near 124 Street and 137 Ave - October 1913

nc-6-499 - Edmonton Interurban Railway, Edmonton, Alberta. - Car barn near 124 Street and 137 Ave - October 1913

Track Construction at Unknown Locations: 1913

na-1328-1886b - Interurban railway crew, Edmonton, Alberta. - 1913

na-1328-1881 - Work camp for interurban railway, Edmonton, Alberta. - 1913

nc-6-498 - Edmonton Interurban railway, Edmonton, Alberta. - October 1913

Unknown Locations: 1913

na-1328-1883 - Work crew beside interurban rail car, Edmonton, Alberta. - ca 1913

na-1328-1884 - Crew with Edmonton interurban railway car number 1 - ca 1913

A2095 - Edmonton Inter Urban Railway Street Car - Circa 1913

na-1328-1885 - Edmonton interurban railway car - ca 1913

The Story of the Edmonton Interurban Railway

Read a lot more about the Edmonton Interurban Railway from the Edmonton Capitol (August 9th, 1913) here.

Not purpose to stop line at St. Albert - The Edmonton Capital, August 9, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 20, Item Ar02009

The rolling stock is to be suited to the road - The Edmonton Capital, August 9, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 19, Item Ar01907

Edmonton Daily Bulletin - July 12 1913

Edmonton Daily Bulletin – July 12 1913

The Edmonton Capital, August 9, 1913 (LAST EDITION), Page 19, Item Ar01905

124th Street Passenger Depot (January 3, 1914)

Ar00304 - 18x24 Waiting Room - The Edmonton Capital, January 3, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 3, Item Ar00304 - 1914

Catastrophic Fire: April 1, 1914

Ar00714 - Car barn fire - The Edmonton Bulletin, April 2, 1914 (Morning Edition), Page 7, Item Ar00714 - 1914

Ar00333 (EIR Car Barn Fire Apr 1, 1914)

Plans for Regional Expansion: May 1914

Even though the only piece of rolling stock was gone (there is no evidence that service resumed in five days as promised above) and the car barn was destroyed, the Edmonton Interurban Railway did not seem deterred; at least not in May 1914. Instead they were considering building at least one new line. The Edmonton Capitol reads as though it were in operation and not on hiatus.

Ar01009 - EIR Extension to Ft. Sask along Ft. Road - The Edmonton Capital, May 18, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 10, Item Ar01009 - 1914

Ar00403 - Potential expansions of the EIR to Ft. Sask, Lac St. Anne, etc - The Edmonton Capital, May 20, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 4, Item Ar00403 - 1914

The Dream Dies

The end came without a bang. The fire did not kill the EIR, at least not immediately. It just seemed to fade away.

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