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Electric Tramways in the United States.

Topeka, Kan., is proud of having the "largest electric railway system in the world." It is just completed. It is of the Thomson-Houston system. The plant is owned by the Rapid Transit Railway Company, of Topeka, and has been built at a cost of GOO.OOOdoI. There are sixteen aud a-half miles of track, and the overhead wire is used. The company will operate fortythree cars at a maximum speed of eight m.'les an hour, the legal limit. The station plant includes nine generators driven by two engines of 1,200 h.p. The cars and station are lit by electricity. The railway, the equipment of which has just been finished by the Thomson-Houston Electric Company, was put in operation on April 3. This road is the longest in the world (fourteen miles, twenty miles of track), and without question the finest electric railway in the West today. The trial trip waß made on Wednesday, April 13, with four cars filled with invited guests, including the managers and chief officials of the Topeka City Street Railway and the East and West Side Circle Railways ; and to say that it was satisfactory, not only to j the railway men, but to the general public, [ would be to express it but mildly. The populace turned out en masse to witness what was to them a most novel sight, and were loud in their admiration of the superior operation of the cars as compared with the other methods of car propulsion which are used in Topeka—the steam motor and horse. The power station is located at the corner of Jefferson and Second streets. It is a two storey building, 100 ft front and 85ft depth, and has a 125 ft chimney. The power plant consists of two Corliss engines of 600 and 300 horse-power respectively, steam for which is supplied by five boilers 6ft by 16ft. The electrical apparatus consists of six 80 horsepower Thomson-Houston generators, with switch board and all neceasary appliances for the same. The residents of Topeka arc very enthusiastic over the prospect of better car facilities and more rapid transit, and it is predicted that ere long electricity will be in general use on all the street railways in the city. New York ' Electrician.'

BoatoD, Mass.—ln a recent letter to the Thomson-Houston Electric Company, Mr H. M. \Vhitney (manager of 200 miles of Boston system, and Cambridge is part of this) gives details of the road in Cambridge, operated on the Thomson-Houston Bystem, and says: "My own confidence in the electric system for street transportation has been strengthened and confirmed by the success of the work in Cambridge."

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Electric Tramways in the United States., Issue 7981, 9 August 1889

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Electric Tramways in the United States. Issue 7981, 9 August 1889

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