Detroit’s Street Railways V1 – CERA Bulletin #117 1863-1922 is the first book about the history of Detroit’s Railways. Detroit’s Street Railways Volume II – CERA bulletin #120 covers street railways in Detroit from their historical inception in 1922 to 1956 was published in 1980. Detroit’s Street Railways Volume 3– When Eastern Michigan Rode the Rails – CERA Bulletin #123 covers much more than the Detroit. It includes the Detroit-Pontiac-Flint-Bay City corridor.

Detroit’s Street Railways V1 – CERA Bulletin #117 starts with the of the city and suburban system through 1900. Politics played an important part in the industrialization and growth of Detroit and its transportation system. Between 1901 and 1920, the Detroit United Railway conducted its operation without any competition. But as a result of the running battle with the City of Detroit, in 1920 the city built and operated a small competing street railway that went by the name “Municipal Operation”. The book contains rare photographs of operations through the years. The roster of equipment and maps detail the equipment and routes operated by the various companies. With the other two CERA volumes the reader can get a clear picture of Detroit’s Street Railways and interurban railways operated by Detroit United Railway from 1863 through 1956.

The publisher of Detroit’s Street Railways V1 – CERA Bulletin #117 is the Central Electric Railfan’s Association (CERA) was formed 1938. The CERA encourages the study of the history, equipment, and operations of urban, suburban, interurban and main line electric railways. This book Detroit Street Railways V1 – CERA Bulletin #117 is published by the organization. A number of those publications are available on this site. Meetings are also held monthly by the organization in Chicago, IL. More information about the CERA is available at
Detroit’s Street Railways V1 is the first of three volumes that detail the history and operations of Detroit’s street railways.

Historians, rail enthusiasts and the general public alike, will delight in the pictures and information in this volume and the other Detroit’s Street Railway volumes.

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Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 9 × .75 in
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