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Chapter 10
Rails through Richmond Hill
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
The Radial Railway Arrives
A Ride on the Big Green Cars
Stops along the Line
Bond Lake Park
Through the Highlands of York to Bond Lake Park
Radial Days in Richmond Hill
Summer Romance at Bond Lake Park
Electrical News at the Turn of the Century
Electric Lights for the Village
Heritage sites in New Gormley
" Gormley Gleanings"
The Belated Arrival of the Age of Steam
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Table of Illustrations

Radial Days in Richmond Hill

Headlights and Horses

The head-light is one of the latest attractions when the car goes south every night. It is really wonderful the strong light it throws ahead, in fact it is like a search-light. The new head-light will give the motormen a better chance in case there are obstructions on the track in the dark, but nervous horses will not take kindly to the new arrival.

The Liberal,April 23, 1903

Running Afoul of Council

The Metropolitan management has been improving the appearance of the road-bed by removing the grass between the rails. From the southern boundary of the corporation to Wright's, the grass was gathered up and taken away, but from that point north the ditch was considered good enough for a grass receptacle. Surely this was not done with the approval of Council!

The Liberal,October 3, 1901

A New Crowd at the Richmond Hill Spring Fair

The Metropolitan electric car brought hundreds of people from Toronto and other places along the line to the Spring Exhibition on Monday, and hundreds of others would have been pleased to come had the accommodation been provided.

The Liberal,May 27, 1897

Huddling Home from the Toronto Exhibition

As usual the Metropolitan Railway managers blundered during the two weeks of the Fair in Toronto. Instead of giving a special rate and a late car during last week, they retained their inducements until this week. The consequence was that the passengers were huddled together by the hundreds. Tuesday night the cars did not leave the waiting-room at North Toronto until half an hour after the usual time, and when the two cars did come the crowd that gathered was large enough to fill four cars. Then women and children were jostled and crushed, and some had their clothing torn in endeavoring to board a car. The management would have served the interests of the company by offering special rates last week, and more cars this week than they furnished. But as everybody knows the managers exhibit common sense only in exceptional cases.

The Liberal,September 10, 1903


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