Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway

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Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway
Locale Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Dates of operation 1894–1931
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Hamilton, Ontario

The Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway was an interurban railway that operated between Hamilton and Vineland in the Niagara Peninsula.

History[edit]

The Hamilton, Grimsby and Beamsville Electric Railway was incorporated in 1894 and remained in service until 1931 when the line was abandoned and torn up.The Hamilton, Grimsby & Beamsville Electric Railway began operation in 1894. Its interurban line ran for 22 miles along the southern shore of Lake Ontario. The HG&B interchanged freight cars with other lines in the Hamilton Radial System, with the TH&B [Kinnear Yard] and with the Grand Trunk [Winona]. Spur lines were constructed to Grimsby Park and the canning factories. The HG&B derived a large amount of revenue by hauling fruit grown in the northern section of the Niagara Peninsula. It built a car shop in Grimsby and a coal-fired steam-electric D.C. generator at Stoney Creek. In 1904 the HG&B began using A.C. power from Hamilton Cataract's hydro-electric generator at Decew Falls, two miles south of St. Catharines, It then converted its Stoney Creek D.C. station to an A.C. substation. A 4½ mile extension from Beamsville to Vineland opened in 1904 with the hope of a connection to St. Catharines. The connection was never made as bridging the Twenty Mile Creek ravine was economically unfeasible. The Vineland extension was abandoned in 1905 when local revenue was insufficient to cover operating costs. The HG&B ceased operation in 1931.