The Cars of the B&H
Unlike the other radials owned by the Cataract Company, the Brantford & Hamilton Electric Railway (B&H) did not have a previous life of independent operations. From the day it opened the line was under the control of the Cataract Company, and as a result the records of its fleet of cars are in much better shape than the other radials. So it is a little disappointing that for its entire life the B&H only had a total of seven cars under its own name.
The Brill Cars
When the B&H began operations on Dec 21, 1907 it had six radial cars built by Brill in the United States. Measuring 57'0" x 9'0.5" x 13'0", they were numbered starting at #310 and increasing in increments of 5. When the Cataract company undertook a systemwide renumbering of all its streetcars and radials around 1910, B&H cars were renumbered into the 200s simply by changing the first digit. B&H 210 was destroyed on March 17, 1923 when a sagging power line under the Canadian National Railway overpass in Cainsville brushed the heater’s exhaust pipe, creating a short circuit and setting the car on fire. The remaining 5 cars were scrapped in 1933.
B&H 210 & 220 at the B&H/LE&N Brantford Station in 1920. (Photographer unknown)
The remains of B&H 210 after the fire at Cainsville. HG&B 171 has towed the remains back to the Sanford Yard, where the intact trucks will be salvaged for the construction of B&H 240. (From the Richard Vincent collection, used with permission)
B&H 315 at the Ancaster stop, circa 1909. (From the Ross Gray collection, used with permission)
B&H 230 at Hamilton Terminal Station, summer 1928. (Photographer unknown)
B&H 235 with HTC 605 at Hamilton Terminal Station, summer 1928. (Photographer unknown)
Brantford & Hamilton #240
In 1923 the Cataract Company built a new radial car, using bits and pieces out of pre-existing radial cars that had been retired or damaged. Cars known to have contributed parts are:
Numbered #240, the car was scrapped in 1933.
B&H 240 at Hamilton Terminal Station, summer 1928. (Photographer unknown)
Mills, John M. Cataract Traction; The Railways of Hamilton. Toronto: Upper Canada Railway Society/Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association, 1971