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Sir Adam Beck, the Radial Railways of the past, and GO Transit: by Steve Thorning/Wellington Advertiser

By shost at 12:59 pm on Monday, February 7, 2011

This article by historian and writer Steve Thorning, of the Wellington Advertiser compares Sir Adam Beck’s ambitious Radial Railway scheme to today’s GO Transit.

“Ever since the last car on the Guelph Suburban line ran in 1931, there have been occasional voices raised in favour of frequent electric rail service among the larger towns and cities of southern Ontario.

The recent announcements by GO Transit are the first solid steps made in that direction. Initially at least, the service will be geared for rush hour service.

Advocates of transit hope for a switch to electric power at an early date, and the setting up of feeder routes by bus from outlying areas.

Adam Beck, in the end, may prove not to have been wrong, but merely a century too early with his plans”

Well done, Steve, and I personally agree. But it may be a bit more than a century later unfortunately, the primary reason Electric railways did not succeed was the availability of cheap oil to power motor cars, which has been cheap until only recently, of course, this is just my opinion..

Thoughts?  Comment away below.

- Steve

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