Building the Street Railway in Saskatoon, 1912

SK Archives Photo S-B7063

Were you expecting this to be a railway out in the wide open prairie somewhere?  In fact, this image shows workers laying streetcar rails on 2nd Avenue, Saskatoon, in 1912.  The City of Saskatoon began building its municipal streeet railway in June 1912, with a completion date set for the middle of December of that year.  City council purchased twelve single-truck, 32-passenger streetcars from the St. Louis Car Company of St. Louis, Missouri, at a cost of $5082.00 per car.  The section of track being laid in this photograph would become a busy streetcar zone, with three of the initial four streetcar routes traveling south on 2nd Avenue to 19th Street.1

SK Archives Photo S-B6854

This image shows the first streetcar to run in Saskatoon, going south on 2nd Avenue at 23rd Street, on December 30, 1912.  

1Easten Wayman, Saskatoon's Electric Transit: The Story of Saskatoon's Streetcars and Trolley Buses(Toronto:  Railfare Enterprises Limited, 1988), 9-10.