The Toronto Civic Railways (TCR) was an agency created in 1911. It was owned by the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to run streetcars in newly annexed areas of the city that the private operator Toronto Railway Company refused to serve. The Railway constructed six carlines in serve the annexed new sections of the city. The railway operated seventy trolley passenger cars.
When one thinks of public transit in Toronto, the first names that come to mind are the giant Toronto Transportation Commission (TTC) and its successor the Toronto Transit Commission. However, before the The Toronto Civic Railways (TCR) came into being in 1921, there were several other smaller companies providing service within the city limits. One of these, was Toronto Civic Railways. The other companies were the Toronto and York Radial Railway, the Toronto Suburban Railway, and the Toronto Railroad Company. The Toronto Railway Company covered the central part of the city. The Toronto and York Radial Railway covered from the north and east parts of the city and into the suburbs. And the Toronto Suburban Railway cover the west end of the city into the suburbs.
The Toronto Civic Railways (TCR) covers the Toronto Civic Railways short but important 10-year period of existence. The TCR covered the newly annexed parts of the city to the north, west and east. The first Chapter describes the six car routes and the operations of those routes. The second chapter covers the Car Houses and other properties owned by the company. Chapter 3 discusses the fares, tickets, and transfers with the other companies. Chapter four covers the rolling stock with photographs, specifications, and schematics. The last chapter is all about the post-TCR years. The years after the TCR was absorbed into the Toronto Transportation Commission (1921), are show through a series of photographs of ex-TLC cars in various locations.
The Toronto Civic Railways is a first edition. The book is signed by the author William Hood. Trolley and railroad fans will love this book.
The dust cover shows a little wear on the top and bottom where binding is.