Pictou County Postcards
Vintage Postcards from Pictou County, Nova Scotia


E.T.C., C&M (Egerton Tramway Company, New Glasgow)

Stacks Image 3466
Stacks Image 3469

Collection ID#: PC 00569
Printer: Unknown - Real Photo postcard
Publisher: Unknown
Postmark: Unused card

The Egerton Tramway Company Limited was incorporated on March 27, 1902.

"On this day, the Legislature passed an Act (chapter 137, 1902, 2 Edward VII) to incorporate the Egerton Tramway Company Limited, head office in New Glasgow, with capital of $500,000 divided among 5,000 shares of $100 each, to construct, acquire, own, operate, and maintain "an electric tramway, or railway, in New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville, Trenton, Ferrona, and Thorburn, in the county of Pictou" and between any two or more of these places; and to operate a public electric utility for "manufacturing, distributing or supplying electricity for lighting, heating, power and other purposes". The founding shareholders were William P. McNeil and G.A. Grant of New Glasgow, and Charles Fergie of Westville."

On October 11, 1904 the new tramway opened with great fanfare and it attracted heated commentary from both sides of the fence. The line ran between New Glasgow and Westville, and on October 15th they sold over 4000 tickets valid for transportation on that day, with only 3 cars! This photo was likely taken at about this time.

A summary of their operations can be found at http://ns1758.ca/electric/electricpwr06.html. All of the faces are exceptionally clear in this photo, and I would love to hear from anyone who might have an interest in these men, or who might be able to help identify them.