EARLY STREETCAR GENERATING STATIONS

Electric generating stations which had been owned by the streetcar companies. Such generating stations generally were established during the 1890's, as electric streetcars were introduced. These generating stations were phased out in the early 1900's, as the streetcar companies transitioned to purchasing electricity from Commonwealth Edison, the area utility. Little evidence remains from these generating stations.

Names listed are not necessarily the official names of the generating stations. Current street names are used, some streets were renamed over the years. Actual addresses may not be exact.

Electrification is at 600 volts DC.

Included are certain technical specifications, available from issues of "The Street Railway Journal". Most stations received a few expansions, indicated for each station is the original electrical capacity and the capacity listed for 1899.


CALUMET ELECTRIC STREET RAILWAY

BURNSIDE
9314 S. Drexel Ave. (at 93rd St.)
Same location as car house
In use 1893-1909
Wood boilers
Originally 4 Ball cross compound engines
Originally 8 Walker generators
Added 1 Buckeye cross compound engine
Added 1 General Electric generator
Total 800 kilowatts/expanded to 1,100 kilowatts

SOUTH CHICAGO CITY RAILWAY

EWING
9338 S. Ewing Ave.
Same location as car house
In use 1893-1910
3 Stirling boilers
3 Allis Reynolds Corliss-type engines
3 General Electric generators
Total 1,100 kilowatts

In 1908, these two companies merged into the Calumet & South Chicago Railway Co.


CHICAGO CITY RAILWAY

20TH STREET
2001 S. Dearborn Ave.
In use 1894-1909
Total 500 kilowatts

52ND STREET
Wabash Ave. at 52nd St.
In use 1893-1908
4 John Mohr boilers
10 Greene-Wheelock engines
10 Westinghouse generators
Total 5,000 kilowatts

49TH STREET
49th St. at Oakley Ave.
In use 1895-1909
24 John Mohr boilers
12 Greene-Wheelock engines
6 Walker generators
Total 5,200 kilowatts


NORTH CHICAGO STREET RAILROAD

HOBBIE STREET
1046 N. Kingsbury Ave. (at Hobbie St.)
In use 1896-1912
10 Link Belt boilers
3 (expanded to 4) Allis Reynolds Corliss-type engines
3 (expanded to 4) General Electric generators
Total 2,400 kilowatts/expanded to 3,200 kilowatts

WEST CHICAGO STREET RAILROAD

WESTERN AVENUE
50 N. Western Ave. (at Washington Blvd.)
In use 1896-1914
20 (later expanded) Stirling boilers
3 (later expanded) Fraser & Chalmers Corliss-type engines
3 (later expanded) Siemens & Halske generators
Total 4,500 kilowatts/expanded to 8,000 kilowatts

In 1899, these two companies merged into the Chicago Union Traction Co., acquired in 1908 by Chicago Railways Co.


CHICAGO ELECTRIC TRANSIT CO.

CALIFORNIA AVENUE
2710 W. Roscoe Ave. (at California Ave.)
In use 1894-1915
10 Campbell & Zell boilers
4 (expanded to 6) Fraser & Chalmers engine
4 (expanded to 6) Siemens & Halske generators
Total 1,860 kilowatts/expanded to 2,800 kilowatts

Chicago Electric Transit Co. was merged in 1899 into Chicago Consolidated Traction Co.

CHICAGO NORTH SHORE STREET RAILWAY

EDGEWATER
5847 N. Broadway (near Ardmore Ave.)
Same location as car house
In use 1893-1911
3 Heine boilers
2 (expanded to 3) Greene-Wheelock engines
2 (expanded to 3) General Electric generators
Total 600 kilowatts/expanded to 1,200 kilowatts

Chicago North Shore Street Railway Co. was sold in 1894 to North Chicago Electric Railway Co., and merged in 1899 into Chicago Consolidated Traction Co.

CICERO & PROVISO STREET RAILWAY

HARVEY AVENUE
259 Lake St., Oak Park
Same location as car house
In use 1890-1910
Babcock & Wilcox boilers
Originally 1 Armington & Sims engine plus 1 Hampson Corliss-type engine
Added 1 Bullock Corliss-type engine
4 (expanded to 6) General Electric generators
Total 720 kilowatts/expanded to 4,000 kilowatts

Cicero & Proviso Street Railway was merged in 1899 into Chicago Consolidated Traction Co.

In 1908, Chicago Consolidated Traction Co. was merged into Chicago Railways. And in 1910, that former Cicero & Proviso Street Railway trackage in the suburbs was sold to County Traction Co., and in 1913 became part of Chicago & West Towns Railway Co.


CHICAGO GENERAL RAILWAY

31ST STREET
3240 W. 31st St. (at Spaulding Ave.)
Same location as car house
In use 1893-1909
Abendroth & Root boilers
Total 400 kilowatts

In 1905, Chicago General Railway was sold to Southern Street Railway.


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