Electricity for Streetcars

Electricity for Streetcars (HMFZF)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.041', W 77° 26.471'

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Power from Brown's Island began to run streetcars in 1894, when Richmond Railway & Electric built a coal-fired generating plant.

In 1888, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway became the first streetcar line in the world to be successfully powered by electricity. Designed by Frank Julian Sprague, the Sprague streetcar system was installed in cities around the globe.

The main generating plant in 1888 was two blocks north of here, on 7th Street between Canal and Cary Streets. In 1890, Richmond Union Passenger Railway merged with another streetcar company and three electric companies to form Richmond Railway & Electric. In 1893, this company built a generating plant with two engines on Johnson's Island and a year later built a ten-engine plant on Brown's Island. The Brown's and Johnson's Island plants were replaced by the 12th Street Hyrdo plant in 1901.
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 10:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284304 N 4156915
Decimal Degrees37.53401667, -77.44118333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.041', W 77° 26.471'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 2.46" N, 77° 26' 28.26" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 343 S 9th St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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