Blue Hill Street Railway By O R Cummings ERHS Bulletin #25 1957
Blue Hill Street Railway By O R Cummings ERHS Bulletin #25 1957

Blue Hill Street Railway By O R Cummings ERHS Bulletin #25 1957

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Blue Hill Street Railway By O R Cummings ERHS Bulletin #25 1957
The Blue Hill Street Railway By O R Cummings 27 Pages ERHS Bulletin #25 Copyright 1957
One of the few small independent companies operating in eastern Massachusetts during the height of the trolley era in New England was the Blue Hill Street Railway-a 15 mile line connecting Boston with its southern suburbs of Milton, Canton and Stoughton and serving the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton and Canton.
Promoted, constructed, owned and operated by Stone &Webster, the Boston utility firm, the Blue Hill had a life span of 21 years-from 1899 to 1920-and was among the first abandoned street railways in the Bay State. It was always an unprofitable venture and remained in operation only through the financial support of its parent company. When this support was withdrawn in 1917, it meant the beginning of the end for the Blue Hill.
The Blue Hill Street Railway was unusual in that it was built from an outlying community, Stoughton, toward the city, Boston, instead of being extended from the city into the country, which was the usual procedure in constructing suburban lines. It was also unusual in that it replaced double truck air-braked cars with single truck hand-braked equipment after a carhouse fire destroyed most of the former.
In the following pages, the history of the Blue Hill has been narrated in as complete a manner as available information permits. Records of the company have long since been destroyed and the only sources of official data have been the annual reports of the Massachusetts Railroad Commissioners and Public Service Commission.
Much of the material for this history has been made available by C. L. Smith of Norwood, Francis D. Donovan of West Medway, and the late Edward W. Young of East Weymouth. Other information has come from the Electric Railway Journal, the U.S. Street and Electric Railway Census of 1902 and 1907, and various standard reference sources.

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