THE GS TRAM SITE

VANCOUVER

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

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1930




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Vancouver tram map


INSET: DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER

Vancouver downtown tram map


ROUTES

Operator: British Columbia Electric Railway Company (BCER)

URBAN STREETCAR ROUTES (VANCOUVER)

  1 Fairview Granville - Broadway - Main - Hastings - Granville [Circular route; both directions]
  2 Main / Davie Denman - Robson (back: Davie) - Granville - Hastings - Main - 33rd Ave. & Main
  3 Main Davie Denman - Robson (back: Davie) - Granville - Hastings - Main - 50th Ave. & Main
  4 Grandview - Fourth Cedar Cottage - Commercial - Venables - Clark - Hastings - Richards Robson - Granville - 4th Ave. - 4th Ave. & Alma
  5 Robson - Broadway East Denman - Davie (back: Robson) - Granville - Hastings - Main - Broadway - Broadway & Commercial
  6 East Blvd. - 49th Fraser Hastings & Richards - Richards - Robson - Granville - 41st Ave. - Kerrisdale (East Boulevard) [In rush hour: 49th & Fraser - Fraser - Kingsway - Main - Cordova - Granville - 41st Ave. - Kerrisdale (East Boulevard)]
  7 Fraser - Kerrisdale Marine Drive & Fraser - Fraser - Kingsway - Main - Cordova - Granville - 41st Ave. - 41st & Dunbar
  9 Post Office / 54th & Victoria [Joyce Rd. & Kingsway] / [54th & Victoria - Victoria Rd.] - Kingsway - Main - Powell - Cordova - Post Office [back to 54th & Victoria only]
10 Stanley Park / 54th & Victoria 54th & Victoria - Victoria Rd. - Kingsway - Main - Powell - Cordova - Granville - Pender - Georgia - Stanley Park
11 Stanley Park / Joyce Joyce Rd. & Kingsway - Kingsway - Main - Powell - Cordova - Granville - Pender - Georgia - Stanley Park
12 Kitsilano Hastings & Richards - Hastings - Granville - False Creek Bridge - Kitsilano
13 Hastings & Renfrew / Alma [Point Gray (Drummond Dr. & University Av.) - 10th Ave.] / [41st & Dunbar - Dunbar] - Broadway - Granville - Pacific - Richards - Hastings - Hastings & Renfrew [On return, to Alma & Broadway only]
14 Hastings East / Dunbar [Point Gray (Drummond Dr. & University Av.) - 10th Ave.] / [41st & Dunbar - Dunbar] - Broadway - Granville - Pacific - Richards - Hastings - Hastings & Boundary][On return, to Dunbar - 41st & Dunbar only]
15 Point Grey Boundary & Hastings - Hastings - Richards - Pacific - Granville - Broadway - Alma - 10th Ave. - Sasamat & 10th Av. [this direction only]
16 Tenth Boundary & Hastings - Hastings - Richards - Pacific - Granville - Broadway - Alma - 10th Ave. - Sasamat - 4th Ave. - Drummond Dr. & University Av. [this direction only]
17 Oak - Marpole Cambie & Hastings - Cambie - Broadway - Oak - Marpole
19 Sixteenth Broadway & Oak - Oak - 16th Ave. - 16th & Main
20 Hastings Park / Post Office Post Office - Cordova (back: Hastings) - Cordova - Powell - Hastings Park
  H Hastings Extension Hastings & Boundary - Hastings - Hastings & Ellesmere (in Burnaby)
  M Main Street South 33rd Ave. & Main - Main - Main & River Road
  N Nanaimo Nanaimo & Hastings - Nanaimo - Broadway - Broadway & Commercial

NB: The last three routes had only route name identifiers. The route names H, M and N are used for convenience only.

URBAN STREETCAR ROUTES (NORTH VANCOUVER)

  1    North Vancouver Ferry Terminal - Lonsdale - Windsor Rd. & Lonsdale
  2    North Vancouver Ferry Terminal - 1st Str. E.- Grand Blvd. - Lynn Valley Rd. - Dempsey Rd.
  3    North Vancouver Ferry Terminal - 1st Str. W - Mahon - Marine Dr. - Fell Ave. - 20th. Str. - 22nd Str. - Capilano River

INTERURBAN ROUTES

A1 Central Park Line Hastings & Carrall - Central Park (Burnaby) - New Westminster
A2 Burnaby Lake Line Hastings & Carrall - Burnaby Lake - New Westminster
A3 Marpole Line Vancouver (Pacific & Richards) - Granville - Arbutus - Marpole
A4 Lulu Island Line (to Steveston) Vancouver (Pacific & Richards) - Granville - Arbutus - Marpole - Richmond - Steveston
A5 Lulu Island Line (to New Westminster) Vancouver (Pacific & Richards) - Granville - Arbutus - Marpole - New Westminster

NB: The route numbers given above are those used in a later source. It is possible that in 1930 the interurban routes had only names, not numbers.



CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Vancouver streetcar lines: ? km.
  • North Vancouver streetcar lines: 16.4 km.
  • Interurban lines: ? km.


HISTORY

  • Vancouver streetcars: (electric) 28 June 1890 - 21 Apr. 1955.
  • North Vancouver streetcars: (electric) 1 Sept. 1906 - 23 Apr. 1947.
  • Interurban trams: (electric) 3 June 1891 - 28 Feb. 1958.
  • SkyTrain (automated LRT): 3 Jan. 1986 - today.
  • Canada Line (Metro): 17 Aug. 2009 - today.

GAUGE

  • Vancouver and North Vancouver streetcars: 1453 mm.
  • SkyTrain / Canada Line: 1435 mm.

TRAM PRESERVATION

The Transit Museum Society runs vintage interurban streetcars between Granville Island and Science World on weekends and holidays during the summer months. A demonstration service by modern trams from Europe was run on the same line during the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver.


SOURCES

PRINT

  • Cockle, D. "Tram-train community rail for Fraser Valley", Tramways & Urban Transit, Dec. 2010 (73: 876), p.465-466.
  • Conn, H. & Ewert, H. Vancouver's glory years: Public transit 1890-1915. North Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 2003.
  • "End of city trams in Vancouver" (news item), The Modern Tramway, July 1955 (18:211), p.142.
  • Ewert, H. The perfect little street car system. North Vancouver: North Vancouver Museum and Archives Commission, 2000.
  • Ewert, H. The story of the B.C. Electric Railway Company. North Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1986.
  • Guide to Vancouver. Vancouver: British Columbia Electric Railway Company (BCER), 1930.
  • Kelly, B. & Francis, D. Transit in British Columbia: The first hundred years. Madeira Park (B.C.): Harbour Publishing, 1990.
  • Simons, V. "Vancouver prepares for the Winter Olympics", Tramways & Urban Transit, Jan. 2010 (73: 865), p.11-13.
  • Till, H. Diary of significant events in the history of B.C. Electric's transportation system, 1889-1946. Vancouver: B.C. Electric Co., 1947 [?].
  • Transit System Map of Vancouver, B.C. [Vancouver]: Challengers Cartographers, 1949, 1952 and 1954.

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