The Definitive Work on the Milwaukee rail transit system. The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Co. was the largest electric railway and electric utility system in Wisconsin. It combined several of the earlier horse car, steam dummy and streetcar lines into one system. Shortly after the Milwaukee street car lines were electrified in 1895 they came under the control of the North American Company, a large holding company influenced by H. H. Willard who had completed the Northern Pacific Railway. The Milwaukee streetcar lines soon ran on most major streets and served most areas of the city. TMER&L was formed in 1896 and at its peak its 198 niles of interurban lines reached throughout southeastern Wisconsin. They also operated the streetcar lines in Appleton, Kenosha and Racine as well as doing their own switching operations at the Port Washington and Lakeside power plants. On most lines a single car was enough to handle the passenger loads. Even on busier lines most non rush hour trips were handled by single cars. In addition to repairing and rebuilding streetcars and interurbans. TM shops were innovators and held patents for several designs and inventions. One design was the articulated train, joining two bodies over a single centre truck. First used on their streetcars, they also used it on several interurbans. Parlour car and diner service were limited luxuries provided by TM to compete with the steam railroads. Most trips were not long enough to take advantage of the extra fare service and they were eliminated during the depression. When St. Louis Car Co. built the 1030-series cars for TMs South Milwaukee suburban service, they used the articulated design developed by TM. Articulated units could handle as many passengers as two single cars, but only needed one crew.Many, many B&W photographs, track diagrams & text descriptions of each line & its evolution over the years. 1972 CERA. Bulletin 112. Hardcover with protected dw. Good condition, spine sunned and minor nicks to dw. 563pp. 8DP-XWF-JF2
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