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 The GWR/GTR Station and King Street East Route

GWR/GTR Station and King Street East Route

Start of service: 1878?
End of service: July 11, 1887
Route: From Stuart & Bay (Although the Great Western Railway station at Stuart & Caroline was the advertised terminus) to King & Burlington (today's Sanford) via Stuart, James and King St East.
Antecessor route: The Green Route

Circa 1878
The GWR Station and King Street East Route ran from from Stuart & Bay to King & Wentworth via Stuart, James and King St East. However, the HSR depicted the nearby second Stuart St station as the Stuart terminus. Because of the colour of the horsecars assigned to the route, it was informally called the Green route.

Increased ridership and greater than expected track wear resulted in the HSR making infrastructure upgrades in 1879. The tracks on James between Stuart and King were rebuilt starting on April 7, and track twinning on King Street East began on May 14.

August 1882
With the takeover of the Great Western Railway (GWR) by the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR), the GWR Station and King Street East Route is renamed the GTR Station and King Street East Route

July 11, 1887
GTR Station and King Street East Route route is renamed the Green Route, no change in route.

HSR 38 on King at Hughson circa 1884

HSR #38 on King at Hughson circa 1884.

Sources

Hamilton Spectator
“Local Items” April 8, 1879, pg 4
"Local Briefs" May 14, 1879, pg 4
"Traveller's Guide" November 18, 1879, pg 3
"Traveller's Guide" July 11, 1887, pg 3

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