Street Railways of Grand Rapids


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Known as the “Furniture City,” Grand Rapids, Michigan inaugurated horsecar service in 1865, and over the ensuing decades employed a variety of urban rail transport modes. In addition to horsecars, steam dummy trains, cable cars, and electric streetcars carried commuters and pleasure seekers alike around the region. Despite innovations in car design & transit marketing at that time, the system lost ridership and streetcars stopped running in 1935—making Grand Rapids one of the largest US cities to rely solely on motor buses for transit. This great hardcover from our friends at CERA includes over 300 photos, maps, drawings, colorful graphics, and a complete illustrated roster, conveying to the reader the flavor of what it was like living in Grand Rapids at the turn of the century, and to ride its transit vehicles.

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Carl Bajema, Tom Maas


Central Electric Railfans' Association




304 pages