No Horsecars in Paradise By Douglas V Parker History of Street Rys Public Utilit
No Horsecars in Paradise By Douglas V Parker History of Street Rys Public Utilit
No Horsecars in Paradise By Douglas V Parker History of Street Rys Public Utilit
No Horsecars in Paradise By Douglas V Parker History of Street Rys Public Utilit
No Horsecars in Paradise By Douglas V Parker History of Street Rys Public Utilit
No Horsecars in Paradise By Douglas V Parker History of Street Rys Public Utilit
No Horsecars in Paradise By Douglas V Parker History of Street Rys Public Utilit

No Horsecars in Paradise By Douglas V Parker History of Street Rys Public Utilit

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No Horsecars in Paradise By Douglas V Parker History of Street Rys Public Utilit
 
No Horsecars in Paradise A history of the Street Railways and Public Utilities in Victoria, British Columbia before 1897.
By Douglas V Parker
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
144 pages
Copyright 1981
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword  5
Chapter 1 The Victoria Gas Company  6
Chapter 2 The Arrival of Electricity  10
Chapter 3 Horse and Buggy Days  20
Chapter 4 The National Electric Tramway and Lighting Company 25
Chapter 5 Construction Gets Under Way  31
Chapter 6 A Period of Expansion Begins  35
Chapter 7 Expansion Continues  41
Chapter 8 Disaster  48
Chapter 9 Financial Problems  57
Chapter 10 The Victoria Electric Railway and Lighting Company  81
Chapter 11 Operating Problems  91
Chapter 12 Receivership  100
Chapter 13 The Consolidated Railway and Lighting Company  105
Chapter 14 The Point Ellice Bridge Disaster  111
Chapter 15 The Birth of the British Columbia Electric Railway  119
Appendices  125
Footnotes  129
Maps  135
Index  138
About the Book
No Horsecars in Paradise takes a look at the problems faced by the pioneers in the field of gas, electric lighting, and urban transportation in Victoria, British Columbia in the years before the turn of the century. These entrepreneurs were men such as John Little, Robert McMicking, Frank Barnard, and David Higgins. As they and their colleagues struggled with technologies which they did not really understand, the problems - sometimes amusing, often frustrating, and on at least one occasion, extremely tragic - confronting them may seem very elementary to those of us who use these same utilities today. Douglas Parker has been fortunate in having had access to the copy and minute books of the street railway companies which were the predecessors of the British Columbia Electric Railway. As a result, the author has been able to trace the developers' difficulties in dealing with reverse-wound motors, inferior carbon brushes, financial crises, and dishonest citizens who attempted to turn pound refugees into pedigreed animals. He outlines the trauma experienced by the railway management when facing the fact that fifty-five people had just lost their lives when a streetcar went through the bridge at Point Ellice into the harbour below.
The work takes us up the years from the days when gas meters had to be kept from freezing by liberal doses of rye whiskey, through the struggle between gas and electricity for the right to light the city's streets, to headon-encounters between streetcars and stray cows. But the major focus is placed on the development of Victoria's street railway system.
No Horsecars in Paradise includes 31 photographs and three maps, with a full equipment roster. It has extensive footnotes and is indexed. The book's title is derived from the fact that, except for the horse-drawn omnibuses of Frank (later Sir Frank) S. Barnard, and one day when a team of horses was hitched to one of the Company's trailers during a power outage, the street railway system on Vancouver Island - even though it was one of the first in Canada was run by electricity right from the beginning.

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