Cornwall Street Railway

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Streetcars on Pitt St in 1920.

The Cornwall Street Railway was a tram service in Cornwall, Ontario that operated from 1889 until 1949, and then as a trolley bus service until 1970 when it was replaced by a conventional bus service known as Cornwall Transit.[1][2] For much of its history, the company was owned by Sun Life Assurance.

The Street Railway was one of a very few that also ran freight using electric locomotives on the same lines, connecting the industrial areas along the river bank on either side of town to the Grand Trunk Railway on the northern side of town. Freight services continued after the passenger service ended.

The original operating company remains as Cornwall Electric. The company sold power from its hydroelectric assets on the St. Lawrence River since its formation, and today operates as a local distribution company. Although the main lines in the downtown area were lifted in the 1950s, a number of lines outside town remain in use as industrial spurs.


The first two routes, in 1896, were a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) route, on Pitt Street and a 3 miles (4.8 km) route, on Montreal Street.[1] In 1949, its last year of streetcar service, three routes were operated, service on Montreal and Pitt streets, and a belt line.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Cornwall Street Railway Light and Power Company". trainweb. Retrieved 2018-09-13. Service began July 1 with four single-truck cars consisting of two open bench cars and two closed cars. The initial route, Pitt Street, was 1.5 miles long and ran south along Pitt Street from the Grand Trunk Railway station to Water Street, turning east on Water to Brennam's Corners.
  2. ^ a b Nick Seebruch (2018-09-13). "The last streetcar driver". Cornwall Seaway News. Retrieved 2018-09-13. There were three streetcar routes in Cornwall at the time, one on Montreal Rd., one on Pitt St. and the Belt Line.
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