The Incline Railway route
Start of service: After June 1, 1893
In the fall of 1892 the HSR negotiated with Barton township on extending the tracks on Barton street to the new racetrack at Ottawa St. The Barton township council demanded that in exchange for permission for the Barton extension, the HSR extend its tracks on James St south from Herkimer to the base of the new Hamilton & Barton Incline Railway (HBIR) (At this time, Hamilton mountain was still part of Barton township)
May 15, 1893
After June 1, 1893
In later years the route was extended to the Gore St turnback, and the route name was lengthened, becoming Incline Railway-King and James Streets. The route kept its lengthy name even after the closing of the Hamilton & Barton Incline Railway in 1932. The route itself was discontinued in the summer of 1941.
HSR #59 on the Incline Railway Route at the James St Incline. Taken from an old postcard circa 1905
HSR #108 heading southbound on James at York on the Incline Railway route. Date unknown, but the Lister Block has been rebuilt after the 1923 fire, and it's before 1928 because Eaton's hasn't taken over the Arcade yet.
HSR #420 at the Hamilton & Barton Inclined Railway on James St South, date unknown. (From the Stephen M. Scalzo collection, used with permission)
“Street Railway Extension - Progress of the Work in Various Parts of the City-Over 400 Men Employed” May 12 1893, pg 8
Mills, John M. Cataract Traction; The Railways of Hamilton. Toronto: Upper Canada Railway Society/Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association, 1971
Westland, S. I. "Steel City Traction" Upper Canada Railway Society Newsletter May 1971: pg 69-74