How did they build those interurbans?

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  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    I was reading a book called Streetcar Builders of Canada.
    by William Bailey and Douglas Parker. Vol1.
    Consisting the history of 3 manufactures

    The Ontario Car Company.
    The Preston Car & Coach Company.
    The Tillsonburg Electric Car Company.

    I took a short excerpt out of this book just to show a few details.

    And the workers of 1907 - 1927 with 2 types of Cars of the many they made.:thumb:

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  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Here is a short version for you to enjoy of the workshop of the Preston Car & Coach Company.

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    interurban Active Member

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    What struck me was the hard work and differant tools for the job, that were available in 1907.

    That Engine was the belt drive for the machines

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    interurban Active Member

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    And to finish off this thread a little read for you.

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    Awesome stuff Chris.

    Any more info about this one? Like where in Tillsonburg was it?
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Nice... good read!

    There is a picture around (Ottawa Historical Society??) that shows the wood stacked outside the Ottawa Car Company. Some of the stacks were higher than the houses nearby!

    I'll see if I can find a link.

    Andrew
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    I will do a post like this one for you Galt, Look for it on the weekend friend.:thumb:
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    They did use a LOT of timber Andrew.
    Hope you can find the Link.
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    Looking forward to it. :)
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Unfortunately guys, I have come to the conclusion that I must have seen it in a presentation at a club meeting. If you can make it to Ottawa next Tuesday night (Oct 10) we will be having a presentation on "Ottawa in the 50s and 60s", which will very likely at least mention the shops of the Ottawa Car Company. See www.ovar.ca for info on the presentation and contact names to get you started if you'd like to research a bit more. Colin Churcher is also a great resource. His info is on the "Other Links" page.

    Andrew