|Toronto Railway Company|
In the 1870s -1880s, electricity transformed from an experimental curiosity into practical utility that could light cities and moves vehicles. The 1880s found John Joseph Wright, an English immigrant, experimenting with electricity in a small shop near Yonge and King, and selling light bulbs and the electricity to light them to various shops and factories. By 1883, Wright had set up the Toronto Electric Light Company. At that time, he was approached by senior staff at the Toronto Industrial Exhibition to build an electric railway for their fair, inspired by a similar attraction that had been unveiled in Chicago.
The experimental electric railway would operate until 1889 before it was abandoned, but city officials had been convinced of the advantages of electric operation, reducing the cost and environmental impacts of horse-car operation.
Toronto City Council granted a 30 year franchise to the new Toronto Railway Company. The T.R.C. took over operations on September 1, 1891. The new consortium of businessmen kept their word, and electric streetcars started running on Church Street on August 16, 1892. The last horse car would gallop up McCaul Street on the Dovercourt route on August 31, 1894. [*TRC ]
Appearances and Mentions
- One of the TRC's streetcar is a scene of a crime and is impounded.
- Dr Ogden mentions taking the streetcar from Sunnyside back into Toronto.