PHILADELPHIA TRANSIT

EARLY STREET RAILWAY COMPANIES

Most of these street railway companies eventually became part of Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co., later Philadelphia Transportation Co. In 1895, Union Traction Co. was incorporated and began consolidating the streetcar companies, by leasing Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia, People's Traction Co. of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Traction Co. Union Traction Co. was succeeded in 1902 by Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co., and in 1940 by Philadelphia Transportation Co. From 1955 to 1966, Philadelphia Transportation Co. was mostly controlled by National City Lines.


PEOPLE'S TRACTION CO. OF PHILADELPHIA

Incorporated 1893, sold 1895 to Union Traction Co., leased 1902 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Chelton Avenue Passenger Railway - incorporated 1889, leased 1895 to People's Traction Co. of Philadelphia, sold 1902 to Twenty-Second Street & Allegheny Avenue Passenger Railway, leased 1902 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

People's Passenger Railway - incorporated 1873, sold 1893 to People's Traction Co. of Philadelphia, leased 1896 to Union Traction Co., leased 1902 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Centennial Passenger Railway - incorporated 1889, leased 1896 to People's Passenger Railway.

Germantown Passenger Railway - incorporated 1858, leased 1881 to People's Passenger Railway.

Fairmount Park & Delaware River Passenger Railway - incorporated 1859 as Richmond & Schuylkill River Passenger Railway, renamed 1864, sold 1866 to Germantown Passenger Railway.

Green & Coates Street Passenger Railway Co. - incorporated 1858, leased 1881 to People's Passenger Railway.

Girard Avenue Passenger Railway - incorporated 1894, leased 1896 to People's Passenger Railway.

Hillcrest Avenue Passenger Railway - incorporated 1896, leased 1896 to People's Passenger Railway.

Northern Passenger Railway - incorporated 1890, leased 1892 to People's Passenger Railway.

Philadelphia Cheltenham & Jenkintown Passenger Railway - incorporated 1892, leased 1895 to People's Passenger Railway.


PHILADELPHIA TRACTION CO.

Incorporated 1883, leased 1895 to Union Traction Co., leased 1902 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co. For nearly all below companies leased to Philadelphia Traction Co., the leases were transferred in 1895 to Union Traction Co., and in 1902 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Catharine & Bainbridge Street Railway - incorporated 1889, leased 1890 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Huntingdon Street Connecting Passenger Railway - incorporated 1894, leased 1895 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Marshall Street Railway - incorporated 1889, leased 1895 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Philadelphia & Grays Ferry Passenger Railway Co. - incorporated 1858, leased 1891 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Schuylkill River Passenger Railway - incorporated 1866, leased 1866 to Philadelphia & Grays Ferry Passenger Railway Co., sold 1903 to Philadelphia & Grays Ferry Passenger Railway Co.

Ridge Avenue Connecting Railway - incorporated 1892, leased 1895 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Ridge Avenue & Manayunk Passenger Railway - incorporated 1859, merged 1872 into Ridge Avenue Passenger Railway, leased 1892 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Girard College Passenger Railway - incorporated 1858, merged 1872 into Ridge Avenue Passenger Railway, leased 1892 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Thirteenth & Fifteenth Streets Passenger Railway - incorporated 1859, leased 1892 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Navy Yard Broad Street & Fairmount Railway Co. - incorporated 1865, sold 1865 to Thirteenth & Fifteenth Streets Passenger Railway, leased 1892 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Twenty-Second Street & Allegheny Avenue Passenger Railway - incorporated 1890, leased 1894 to Philadelphia Traction Co., in 1903 acquired Germantown & Fairmount Park Railway, Chelton Avenue Passenger Railway, Fishers Lane Railway, Fairmont & Frankford Railway, Lindley Avenue Railway, an Philadelphia & Trenton Rapid Transit Street Railway Co.

Union Passenger Railway - incorporated 1864, leased 1884 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Continental Passenger Railway - incorporated 1873, leased 1880 to Union Passenger Railway, leased 1884 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Seventeenth & Nineteenth Streets Passenger Railway - incorporated 1859, leased 1879 to Continental Passenger Railway, leased 1884 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Kessler Street Connecting Passenger Railway - incorporated 1892, leased 1892 to Union Passenger Railway, leased 1895 to Union Traction Co.

Walnut Street Connecting Railway - incorporated 1890, leased 1895 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

West Philadelphia Passenger Railway Co. - incorporated 1857, leased 1884 to Philadelphia Traction Co.

Philadelphia City Passenger Railway - incorporated 1859, leased 1884 to West Philadelphia Passenger Railway Co.

Philadelphia & Darby Railroad Co. - incorporated 1857, leased 1870 to Philadelphia City Passenger Railway, reorganized 1881 as Philadelphia & Darby Railway, leased 1895 to Union Traction Co.


ELECTRIC TRACTION CO. OF PHILADELPHIA

Incorporated 1893, leased 1895 to Union Traction Co. For nearly all below companies leased to Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia, the leases were transferred in 1895 to Union Traction Co., and in 1902 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Citizens Clearfield & Cambria Street Railway - incorporated 1894, sold 1895 to Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia.

Citizens East End Street Railway - incorporated 1894, leased 1895 to Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia.

Frankford & Southwark Railway - incorporated 1854 as Philadelphia & Delaware River Railroad Co., renamed 1858, leased 1893 to Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia.

Lombard & South Street Railway - incorporated 1861, sold 1893 to Frankford & Southwark Railway, leased 1893 to Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia.

Second & Third Street Passenger Railway - incorporated 1858, leased 1893 to Frankford & Southwark Railway, leased 1893 to Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia.

Citizens Passenger Railway - incorporated 1858, leased 1892 to Frankford & Southwark Railway, leased 1893 to Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia.

Empire Passenger Railway - incorporated 1869, leased 1873 to Citizens Passenger Railway.

Lehigh Avenue Passenger Railway - incorporated 1873, sold 1893 to Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia.


PHILADELPHIA RAPID TRANSIT CO.

Incorporated 1902, acquiring Union Traction Co., which had been incorporated 1895. Also acquired the following street railway companies.

Bucks County Railway Co. - sold 1900 to Doylestown & Willow Grove Railway, leased 1900 to Electric Traction Co. of Philadelphia.

Citizens Tenth & Eleventh Street Railway - leased 1895 to Union Traction Co.

Hestonville Mantua & Fairmount Passenger Railroad - incorporated 1859, in 1864 acquired Fairmount & Arch Street Passenger Railway Co., in 1865 acquired Fairmount Passenger Railway Co. leased 1898 to Union Traction Co.

Fairmount Park & Haddington Passenger Railway - incorporated 1892, leased 1895 to Hestonville Mantua & Fairmount Passenger Railroad, leased 1898 to Union Traction Co.

Darby & Yeadon Street Railway - incorporated 1904, leased 1904 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Media Middletown Ashton & Chester Electric Railway - incorporated 1893, merged 1906 into Darby Media & Chester Railway, leased 1906 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Philadelphia Morton & Swarthmore Street Railway - incorporated 1899, leased 1900 to Media Middletown Ashton & Chester Electric Railway, merged 1906 into Darby Media & Chester Railway, leased 1906 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Darby Media & Chester Bus Co. - incorporated 1937 as bus subsidiary of Darby Media & Chester Railway, for the conversion to buses of streetcar routes 71 and 72..

Philadelphia & Chester Railway Co. - incorporated 1900, merging Philadelphia & Delaware Street Railway and Prospect Street Railway, reorganized 1910 as Chester & Philadelphia Railway Co., leased 1910 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Philadelphia & Willow Grove Street Railway - incorporated 1901, in 1903 acquired Glenside & Willow Grove Street Railway, leased 1904 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Holmesburg Tacony & Frankford Electric Railway - incorporated 1890, reorganized 1910 as Frankford Tacony & Holmesburg Electric Railway, leased 1926 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Champlost Street Connecting Railway Co. - incorporated 1923, leased 1923 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Frankford Street Connecting Railway Co. - incorporated 1923, leased 1923 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Germantown Loop Railway Co. - incorporated 1920, leased 1920 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Pelham & Frankford Street Railway Co. - incorporated 1923, leased 1923 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Sansom Street Connecting Railway Co. - incorporated 1920, leased 1920 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Tioga & Frankford Street Railway Co. - incorporated 1923, leased 1923 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Wayne Junction Connecting Railway Co. - incorporated 1923, leased 1923 to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.

Pennsylvania Rapid Transit Co. - incorporated 1923 to operate trolleybuses on Oregon Avenue.

Philadelphia Rural Transit Co. - incorporated 1923 to operate motor buses in Philadelphia area.

Market Street Elevated Passenger Railway Co. - incorporated 1901 to operate rapid transit trains in Philadelphia.


ADDITIONAL STREET RAILWAY COMPANIES

Philadelphia Railways - incorporated 1897 as Southwestern Street Railway, sold 1911 to Philadelphia Railways. Ceased operations in 1932.


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