Hamilton Radial Electric Railway
Incorporated 1894 a line was built from downtown Hamilton at James Street going via Gore, Wilson and Sherman, then on private right-of-way to Hamilton Beach, and on highway right-of-way along the beach strip crossing on a shared swing bridge over a canal that led to Hamilton Harbour with service beginning July 1896. On to Burlington (13 miles) arriving there in 1897 and on to Port Nelson in 1898. The line was extended to Oakville on a 66 foot right-of-way and laid with 80 lb. rail opening on May 3, 1906 . Freight traffic was minimal except for a modest amount of carloads on industrial track in Hamilton and smaller yet in Burlington, all interchanged to GTR at those points. Express and package freight traffic on the other hand was heavy.
Toronto & Mimico Electric planned to extend their
line from Port Credit to Oakville to connect a through route
Operations continued for some years until declining traffic caused abandonment January 5, 1929. Buses replaced the cars for passenger service between Hamilton and Burlington while carload freight in Hamilton continued on three miles of track until July 13, 1931 when CNR and TH&B took it over. Some of the city trackage was used by the Hamilton Street Railway until it ended rail operations in April 1951.
Open car crossing the swing bridge over Burlington Canal.
S S Turbinia passing the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club
Radial swing bridge Burlington Beach c.1915
Postcard reverse cancelled August 28, 1917 Burlington Historical Society
New Bascule bridge opened 1922. Publisher F.H.Leslie
Ltd. Niagara Falls. Printed Leipzig, Saxony.
HRE 125 crossing a swing bridge over canal that led to Hamilton Harbour.
View of Bascule bridge from opposite direction. Hamilton Beach Community Forum
Aerial view shows location of both bridges as well as lighthouse.
Hamilton Beach Community Forum
Hamilton Radial Electric Ry. car 325 (One of six cars built 1907
Combination station and transformer substation Randall & Thomas
Streets, Oakville. c.1909
630 foot bridge 50 feet high over Sixteen Mile Creek in Oakville.
Toronto Public Library
Demolition of former radial railway bridge long used as a pedestrian
Town of Oakville Archives
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