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Northern Rhode Island Interurbans

Maps and Details on the Interurbans Systems in New England

Providence Trolley TunnelSimilar to the situation in Connecticut, most of the trolley systems in Rhode Island were run by the Rhode Island Company, actually owned and operated by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. In Connecticut, most of the trolley systems were owned and operated by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad under the name: the Connecticut Company.

In 1914, because of antitrust laws, the New Haven Railroad was ordered to divest itself of New England streetcar companies. The Rhode Island Company went into temporary receivership and in January 1919 all Rhode Island Company lines (except the Seaview line and the Providence & Danielson Railway co.) were consolidated under the United Electrical Railways Company. To avoid future "public inconvenience" because of the streetcars' financial affairs, the legislature placed the corporation under the full and exclusive control of the Public Utilities Commission.

Northern Rhode Island Area Map

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Interurban Timelines - Predecessors/Mergers/End of Life

All Interurban timeline info sourced from the highly informative chicagorailfan.com site:
Interurban Railways in Rhode Island

United Electric Railways

Providence

  • 1865-1894 - Union Railroad of Providence
    1894-1902 - Union Railroad of Providence (Union Traction & Electric Co.)
    1902-1921 - Union Railroad of Providence (Rhode Island Co.)
    1921-1951 - United Electric Railways Co.
    1948 - streetcars discontinued

Pawtucket

  • 1885-1894 - Pawtucket Street Railway
    1894-1902 - Pawtucket Street Railway (Union Traction & Electric Co.)
    1902-1921 - Pawtucket Street Railway (Rhode Island Co.)
    1921-1951 - United Electric Railways Co.
    1948 - streetcars discontinued

Woonsocket

  • 1887-1907 - Woonsocket Street Railway
    1907-1921 - Woonsocket Street Railway (Rhode Island Co.)
    1921-1951 - United Electric Railways Co.
    1929 - streetcars discontinued

Further Details

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Source/Credits

Woodman

The Electric Interurban Railways in America
by George Woodman Hilton, ‎John Fitzgerald

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection - 1924 Rhode Island

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