Canadian Electric Railway Map Collection

Canadian Electric Railway Map Collection

Update Announcements

File Alph 21 released

Posted by Paul Delamere on December 4, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Greetings e-rail fans. This update is rather large so please bear with me.

New with this version are the Lethbridge Municipal Railway, the Asbestos and Danville Railway, the Shawinigan Falls Terminal Railway and the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador City and updates to several other systems.

The Lethbridge Municipal Railway was street passenger system that operated from 1912 to 1947. It is one of the last street systems that will be added to this collection. The lonely car house I had marked previously now has photo supported tracks connecting it to the rest of the system. Photos have been attached and citations added to each line drawn on the map.

Also new to the map is the Asbestos and Danville, an asbestos mining line in Danville Quebec. Only partially drawn, any information about this line is needed. You will find a photo of a steeple cab employed by the line at one time, just click on the main line.

The Shawinnigan Falls Terminal Railway was an industrial service line that operated a transfer service between the class 1 railways and local businesses and industries. Dieselized in 1952, it has proven most difficult to find any good data and maps or text and photos are still needed to complete this system.

The last new system this time is a fully automated ore delivery line operating since the 1960's in Labrador City Labrador.


Halifax has been redrawn from the ground up. Streets, intersections and all supporting trackage has been drawn individually and repositioned to reflect the current image depicting Halifax in Google Earth. Citations and in service dates have been added for each line, marker and polygon on the map. Many photos have been linked. The basic map was drawn from a 1954 map drawn by Omer Lavallee and Anthony Clegg representing the system as it existed at the close of operations in 1949. Further maps were used to draw all other streets electrified prior to the Clegg/Lavallee map. These maps are all in the book "Halifax: Birney Stronghold" by Robert R. Brown 1964. In service data for each street has been included and citations added. Photographs have been added. The 4 car houses on Lower Water street have been drawn out based on Goad fire insurance plans over several years. Track plans for the various car houses are based on photographs and City of Haliax works plans and original tram company drawings avaliable at the Halifax Municipal archives. Additional data from the National Air Photo Library is cited where used. I have not been able to find anything yet to support the Clegg /Lavallee map regarding any tracks east of Brunswick street on Cogswell and a connection with Grafton from Cogswell in 1949. I have been able to find plenty of data supporting a single track lines on Jacob street, Grafton street. Brunswick street, and Buckingham street prior to 1949 and have drawn them out to reflect where they were. If anyone can show that tracks ran on Cogswell east of Brunswick street I would like to see it.

St.John New Brunswick has also been completely redrawn to align with the street markers in Google Earth due to the poor quality of the images and their alignment currently. Citations, in service dates and photos have been added everywhere. The basic map came from the Fred Angus book "Loyalist City Streetcars". This route map while infomative lacks the details I crave. It has been difficult finding additional good data but not impossible. Double trackage has been added and most intersection details sorted out via period photos avaliable online as well as in the personal collection of Mr.Harold Wright of St.John who is working on a new book about the system. My heartfelt thanks to Mr.Wright for his time and in-depth research. The old and new west side car houses have been marked out thanks to Goad's and the National Air Photo Library. Car house tracks added as viewed in linked period photos. Many details have also been added due to an article I found at the St.John public library written by Mr.J.E.Mooney in 1929 and cited where used. Mr.Mooney states there where tracks lifted from several streets in 1898 including Union between Prince Edward and Crown that were reused in 1902 in the building of the new line on Douglas. When I used the measuring tool, the distance of the all the abandoned streets totaled just a hare under the length of the Douglas street line. I included that portion of Union with the map. Mr.Angus states this section was never built.

The Ottawa map has been updated to correct the route of the East Ottawa extension built in 1924 between Archibald street(the section east of Elgin street now known as Argyle street) and Hawthorne avenue and also the position of the second Elgin loop at Elgin street and Catherine street. Thanks to the National Air Photo Library for that. The Byron loop has been added just west of the Byron station on the Brittania line. Built in 1952 is only lasted 7 years before abandonment. Thanks to the O.E.R. track maintenence logs for that tidbit.

Moving to the west coast, Victoria and North Vancouver have been redrawn from the ground up. With both systems I used the maps in the book "The story of the B.C. Electric Railway Company" by Henry Ewert, ISBN 10 1550390236 1986 Whitecap books. The maps were drawn by J. and D. Reuss. Additional data included updated maps clarified by Henry Ewart in later publications, Goads fire insurance plans, the National Air Photo Library, the Royal British Columbia Archives and additional sources. The base map is as the system appeared in 1922-23. Also included is a new and sepatate map of the Victoria system as it appeared in 1890 under its first name, the National Electric Tramway and Light Company. Further versions of the system are to comming to reflect different early time frames. All streets, double track intersections and other supporting tracks have been individually drawn to better reflect time frames and allow for specific photo by link support. Where avaliable, usage and track length information has been included as well as track positions as they relate to the associated road centrelines. Citation added everywhere, as well as a wrench icon located near each system with photo links attached. Just click on the wrench icon and let the links load in. Eventually as many photos as possible will be identified for location and placed where they were taken or linked to the lines and markers already placed

The Guelph Radial Railway had also been updated with some corrections and additions. Added are the foot prints of the third car house as well as trackage and the original power house, in service until 1911. Corrected due to new information are the switch points of the original stone car houses to face west and the re-alignment of the Agricultural college power house coal delivery line.

I will be attending to the Vancouver system next and Edmonton after that.

Please remember to delete any previous mp file from "My Places" in your Google Earth before opening the new file to avoide unwanted duplications, or leave it there to see what has been improved over the mentioned cities.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

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