City of Regina Archives Photograph Collection, CORA-A-1827

Title: Broad and Dewdney streetcar
Date: pre-1921
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Extent: 1 B&W print; 15 cm x 12 cm
Scope and Content Note: Head-on view of Broad and Dewdney streetcar taken on west Dewdney Avenue
Access Restrictions: None
Parent fonds/collection: CORA Photograph Collection
Historical Note: The Regina street railway was not a moneymaking opportunity when it first opened. At the time, Regina had borrowed heavily in order to pay for some much-needed public works programs, like the Boggy Creek Waterworks and the sewer system. Some streets had been paved and the city had purchased a power station. There was little money in the coffers to pay for a street railway, and initially city council tried to cut a deal with a private company for the street railway. However, voters rejected the deal and insisted on establishing a municipally-owned railway, so more borrowing took place to finance the scheme. By 1913, the railway was over-expanded - the debt from the Regina Municipal Railway Company represented nearly twenty percent of the city's overall debt load. This was more than the waterworks and power plant combined!


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