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Hamilton Transit History

Hamilton Transit History

Last Update: October 1, 2023

Small update this month, I've added images and details to the following pages: The HSR's fleets of Early HSR Streetcars, T-48 and T-48A trolley buses, Preston DEDT Streetcars, and CD-45 buses; the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway (HRER), the Hamilton, Grimsby & Beamsville Electric Railway (HG&B), the Brantford & Hamilton Electric Railway (B&H), the Mount Hamilton Incline Railway/Wentworth Incline Railway, the Hamilton and Barton Incline Railway, the Grand Trunk Railway/Canadian National Railway Dundas Station, and Fruit Shipping on the HG&B

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We've partnered up with The Sirman Collection and Vintage Rail Photos to offer you prints of the HSR! Each photo available now has a link that will provide you with contact info so you can buy your own high quality print.

This website is a description of public transit in the Hamilton, Ontario region, past, present and future (Hopefully!), and is updated at the start of each month. If you’d like to contribute something, make a suggestion, or tell me that something’s broken, email me at

This is NOT the official Hamilton Street Railway website, and is in no way affiliated with the HSR or the City of Hamilton. The HSR’s official website is here.

Disclaimer: Although I try my best to write accurate articles and tales of Hamilton’s transit history,I’m not perfect. Therefore, the reader is advised that all information contained within this website is not guaranteed to be 100% perfect, and anyone using this website as a resource should confirm all information independently. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at