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 The Eastern Branch

The Eastern Branch

Start of service: May 18 1874
End of service: May 26 1877
Route: From Great Western Railway station at Stuart & Caroline to King & Wellington via Stuart, James and King St East. Later extended to City Limits at Wentworth & King.

The Eastern Branch was one of the first routes operated by the HSR, starting on May 18, 1874. The Eastern Branch ran from the Great Western Railway station at Stuart & Caroline to King & Wellington via Stuart, James and King St East. The cars on the Eastern branch were painted green, with the route described on the side of the horsecar, above the windows. By July 1 of that year, the Eastern Branch was extended along King to the city limits at Wentworth.

The route was cut back on Stuart from Caroline to Bay at some point around 1875, as it was found that the hill on Stuart was too steep for fully loaded horsecars. On May 26 1877, the Eastern Branch was renamed the Green route, to match the colour of the cars.

Sources

Hamilton Spectator

"Street Railway - Special arrangements for Dominion Day and the Races" June 29, 1874, pg 3
“Street Railway Time Table” July 23, 1874, pg 3
“Hamilton Street Railway Time Table” May 26, 1877, pg 3

Mills, John M. Cataract Traction; The Railways of Hamilton. Toronto: Upper Canada Railway Society/Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association, 1971