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A Northern Electric Advertisement For Tramways

Mon Magazine (Quebec, 1929)

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January 31, 2011 Posted by | . | , | 1 Comment

Early 20th Century View of St. Catherine Street Tram & Horse Drawn Cart | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (12/12)

Reverse of Card

 

 

Message on the back:

“been at home keeping house. Mother is still in bed and we dont know when she will be able to get up so you see I am awful busy looking after a family of 11. We all like very much here and get good pays.”

 

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Montreal Trams near “The Main” | Montreal In The Time Of – Links Restored

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (11/12)

This is a historic view of Montreal’s St. Catherine Streeet “looking east of the Main St.”

Montreal, St-Catherine Street, Trams, clothing, early 20th century. A Canadian Family Vintage Postcard Collection

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December 9, 2009 Posted by | . | | 1 Comment

Dominion Square | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways – Links Restored

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (10/12)

Montreal’s Dominion Square  (now known as Dorchester Square)

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Montreal Trams In Victoria Square | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (9/12)

A vintage postcard of several trams in Montreal’s Victoria Square.

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November 28, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tram in front of Montreal Street Railway Company & Bank of Montreal | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (8/12)

I learned from Tom Grumley’s A Retrospective History of Montreal Streetcars that the M.S.R. was first established in 1861, though at that time the streetcars were horse-drawn rather than electrified. Electrification of the system began in 1892 and Montreal’s tramway system kept expanding well into the 1930s.

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Montreal Trams on St-Jacques/St.James Street | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways – Links Restored

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (7/12)

This is another view of St-Jacques Street in the area of Montreal’s main Post Office.

St-Jacques – originally known as St.James – is in the heart of Montreal’s traditional financial district.

Will we soon be seeing trams along historic St-Jacques Street again?

 

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November 24, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , | Leave a comment

Trams From City Hall Tower| Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (6/12)

 

Montreal tram and horse-drawn carriage

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November 22, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | Leave a comment

Montreal In The Time Of Tramways | Introduction

What can I say –  I love trams!

My husband and I lived in Milano during the 1970s and that city is crisscrossed by a thick network of train, subway, bus and tram lines. Given the choice I would always jump on one of the trams. There were traditional streetcars but also newly introduced articulated streetcars that had a sleeker, modern look and could accommodate many more people. But either way, trams were always more comfortable than buses.

When I was a little girl growing up during the 1950s my hometown of Montreal still had streetcars, but as that decade closed so did the history of streetcars in Montreal.

Historic View of Trams in Piazza del Duomo (Milano, Italy)

 

Back to the future – plans for Montreal’s public transit system

There are plans afoot to return Windsor Station to its original use as a train station and have it serve as  a nexus for Montreal’s existing bus and subway system. But what’s really exciting for streetcar fans, is that there is also an ambitious plan to bring back Montreal’s tramway system. Will this really happen?

No one seems to question that streetcars are a greener alternative than other modes of city transport but there are some arguments against trams. For instance, tramway systems are expensive to build and there’s bound to be extensive traffic problems during the building period! If you want to know more about this, I suggest you read Andy Riga’s Montreal Gazette feature the pros and cons of tramways and how they would fit into Montreal’s regional system.

 

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Early 20th Century View of St. Catherine Street  | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

What other people are saying about Montreal trams

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Goodbye, Streetcar Rails – Montreal, QC : citynoise.org

 

November 21, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Post Office & Bank of Montreal in 1907| Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (5/12)

 

This is a vintage postcard of the Montreal Post Office and the Bank of Montreal in the first decade of the twentieth century. It was established in 1817 as Canada’s first bank and initially served the British territory of Upper and Lower Canada. At the time Toronto – which is now Canada’s financial capital – was called York, and Montreal was the most important city in Canada. One of the first things they did was to introduce a local currency. After Canadian confederation in 1867 and the gradual addition of new provinces, the Bank of Montreal grew to include branches cross-Canada.

Enlarged Detail of Tram and horse-drawn carriage.

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November 21, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Place Viger | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways – Links Restored

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (4/12)

 

This is an early twentieth-century view of a tram and horse-drawn carriages in front of Montreal’s Place Viger Hotel and Canadian Pacific Railway Station. Canada has had its own flag since 1967, but this postcard predates as you can see the British Ensign in the top left-hand corner.

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Gare-Hôtel Viger – Montréal on Flickr – Photographer: NinoH

November 20, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Harry Houdini And The Princess | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (3/12)

This vintage postcard (1910-1920) features a tram between two Montreal theaters: the Orpheum and the Princess.  Both were located on St-Catherine Street and neither exist today.

The Princess is the Montreal  theatre where the incident occurred that led to the death of wold-famous magician. As the story goes, Houdini had invited a McGill University student to do his portrait after his show at the Princess. At a certain point – in a test of Houdini’s strength – the student punched him in the stomach. Houdini left soon after for his next show in Detroit, and died there a few days later. After the Princess was torn down, the site was used for Wesley Congregational Church.

The Orpheum was originally called Bennett’s Theatre.  this helped me date the card since the change took place in 1910.

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November 20, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , , | 2 Comments