Boston’s Main Line El The Formative Years 1879-1908 by George Chiasson Jr
Boston’s Main Line El The Formative Years 1879-1908 by George Chiasson Jr
Boston’s Main Line El The Formative Years 1879-1908 by George Chiasson Jr

Boston’s Main Line El The Formative Years 1879-1908 by George Chiasson Jr

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Boston’s Main Line El The Formative Years 1879-1908 by George Chiasson Jr
 
Bostons Main Line El The Formative Years 1879-1908 by George Chiasson Jr
Soft Cover
by George Chiasson Jr
Copyright 1987
79 pages
ERA Headlights Vol 49
PREFACE
In 1891 the West End St. Ry. Company, which was energetically pursuing a program of electrifying Boston's huge horsecar system, was granted the rights to construct elevated railways by the State Legislature but failed to take any action.
In July of 1894 the State Legislature passed a two part bill creating the Boston Transit Commission and the Boston Elevated Railway. The Transit Commission was empowered to build the Tremont St. Subway, the East Boston Tunnel under Boston harbor and a large drawbridge across the Charles River to Charlestown, which would accommodate both general traffic and streetcars on a lower level, and elevated trains above. The subways would be leased to private companies for operation. The Boston Elevated Ry. Franchise was immediately awarded to a group headed by Joseph V. Meigs, a longtime proponent of steam powered elevated and monorail systems. Meigs and his group were unable to raise the money to build the elevated system, whose franchise obligated the company to build routes to Roxbury, Charlestown, Cambridge and South Boston.
The Meigs group offered to sell the franchise to the West End St. Ry. for $150,000, but the West End declined the offer.
The failure of the conservative West End management to take action upset a number of influential West End stockholders, who decided to take action on their own.
The group, headed by Eben Jordon, owner of Boston's largest department store, and Major General William A. Bancroft obtained financial backing from the Boston investment firm of Kidder-Peabody, and the New York Financial House of J.P. Morgan.

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