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Chapter 10
Rails through Richmond Hill
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
The Radial Railway Arrives
A Ride on the Big Green Cars
Stops along the Line
Bond Lake Park
Through the Highlands of York to Bond Lake Park
Radial Days in Richmond Hill
Summer Romance at Bond Lake Park
Electrical News at the Turn of the Century
Electric Lights for the Village
Steam!
Heritage sites in New Gormley
" Gormley Gleanings"
The Belated Arrival of the Age of Steam
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Epilogue
Appendices
Table of Illustrations
Index

Electrical News at the Turn of the Century

St. Germain's Autocar

Mr. A.H. St. Germain gives some particulars of the proposed auto-car service to be established this summer between Toronto and Richmond Hill. The initial car will be a passenger and parcel van, capable of receiving 25 passengers. It will be fitted with an electric light and buttons for use of conductor and passengers, by which warning may be given to the motorman to turn to the right or left. Mr. St. Germain claims that the car will develop sufficient power to ascend the heavy grades between Toronto and Richmond Hill, at a speed varying from 6 to 12 miles (about 10 to 20 kilometres) per hour, carrying a full compliment of passengers. The electrical equipment is the invention of Mr. W.J. Still, Mechanical Engineer.

Electrical News,April 1898.

(Unfortunately, St.Germain's battery-driven electric bus service never got off the ground.)

Edison's Singing and Talking Machine

Mr. Herbert Snowdon, formerly a school teacher, has made arrangements to give an entertainment in the Public School at 4 p.m. on Friday 23rd inst. He will introduce Edison's Singing and Talking machine which gives band and orchestra music, instrumental and vocal solos, &c. Admission 5 cents.

The Liberal,March 22, 1900

 

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