City of Regina Archives Photograph Collection, CORA-RPL-A-268

Title: Regina 's first streetcar
Date: 1911
Retrieval Number:
Extent: 1 B&W print; 14 cm x 10 cm
Scope and Content Note: The first Regina Municipal Railway streetcar. Banner advertisement on the front says "Boxing Blowout". Not an original photograph.
Access Restrictions: None
Photographer: Unknown
Parent fonds/collection: RPL Photograph Collection
Historical Note: Regina 's street railway company was founded at a time when municipal ownership of utilities was very much in vogue. At first it was unclear whether Regina would be able to have a municipally-owned street railway - the city had borrowed heavily to buy the local power plant and to install water and sewer services, and their credit was running out. In 1910 a deal was struck with a group of Winnipeg investor to build a private street railway company in Regina , but many local interest groups, including trade unionists and clergy, protested the deal. In the end, two elections were held: the first one rejected the deal, while the second approved the idea of a municipally-owned street railway.


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