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ANDERSON ELECTRIC CARS ENTER INDIANAPOLIS

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Indianapolis News,Indianapolis, Marion County, 3 January 1901

ANDERSON ELECTRIC CARS ENTER INDIANAPOLIS

ANDERSON ELECTRIC CARS ENTER INDIANAPOLIS

This City Is Now Connected by Trolley Lines with the Gas Belt Cities — Names of Places Which Can Now be Reached by Trolley Cars

ONE OF THE UNION TRACTION COMPANY’S NEW CARS.

The cars of the Union Traction Company entered Indianapolis to-day over the line Just completed from Anderson, joining the tracks of the Indianapolis Street Railway Company at the north end of College avenue.

The first trip was not a regulir one but of of ceremony, the city officials and newspaper representatives from all the cities and towns reached by this interurban system having been invited to make the tip. The company entertained the guest* at dinner at the Anderson Hotel, aim! t te start to Indianapolis was made at 1 o clock this afternoon, four cars constituting the train.

Charles L. Henry, general manager of the company, had charge of the arrangements. He thought the trip to Indianapolis would take about two hours and a half, though the running time, when the large new cars are put on and the road is ballasted all the way will be two hours. For the present the company will use betwen Anderson and Indianapolis the yellow cars it has begun to abandon on other lines.

The new cars are painted green and are eight inches wider than the old ones. Weighing much more and being much higher from the ground, they can not be used on the Indianapolis line until the trolly poles are moved to the sides of the streets along the route inside the city, nor would it be safe to use them on that part of the road that is unballasted.

INTERURBAN ELECTRIC LINES CONNECTING CITIES OF ANDERSON, ALEXANDRIA, ELWOOD, MARION, MUNCIE AND INDIANAPOLIS

The road is ballasted from Anderson to Fortville, and the rest of the work will be finished, Mr. Henry says, about the time the poles are moved. The new cars now run between Anderson and Muncie, and when they can be used to Indianapolis, the run from Muncie to Indianapolis will he made continuous.

Cars will leave Anderson and Indianapolis every hour, eighteen hours of the day, the first one leaving Anderson at 6 o’clock in the morning and the last one at 11 o'clock at night. Councilmen Negley, Evans, McGrew and Munro were the only Indianapolis officials to go to Anderson on the early morning train. Others went by a later train. The early arrivals were taken out to North Anderson by Mr. Henry and looked over the company's new power house.

The power for the entire system is to be generated at Anderson by three 2.000-horse-power engines, with the generators built on the shafts. One of these engines is in working order now, but the old power stations are being retained until the other two engines are in position.

Two engines, Mr. Henry says, will furnish sufficient power, and the third will be used in cases of emergency. The power house is 115 by 196 feet, with a smokestack 180 feet high. The boiler room Is equipped with chain-grate boilers, automatic stokers and overhead coal bunkers. that hold five torns of coal to every running foot in the length of the building.

THE NEW POWERHOUSE OF THE COMPANY AT ANDERSON

The Union Traction Company now has besides the line from Muncie to Anderson, lines from Marion to Anderson and from Elwood to Anderson, by way of Alexandria, thus giving a half-hour service from Anderson to Alexandria. All other service Is hourly. The mileage aggregates 163 miles, of which fifty-six miles is taken up with city lines in Marion. Muncie, Anderson and Elwood and 107 miles with connecting lines. The population served is between 150.000 and 175,000, not including Indianapolis.

With the opening of the road to Anderson to-day Indianapolis has interurban connection with Lawrence, Oaklandon, McCordsville, Fortvilie, Pendleton, Ingalls, Anderson, Alexandria, Elwood, Summitville, Fairmount, Gas City, Jonesboro, the National Soldiers' Home, Marion, Chesterfield, Daleville, Yorktown and Muscie. The interurban line to Greenfield, which has been In operation for some time, leads to Cumberland. Philadelphia and Greenfield, and the road to Greenwood, the first Interurban (not Including the Broad Ripple line) to be opened, will soon be carrying passengers to Franklin.

The prospect is that other roads out of Indianapolis will be completed before the end of this year. Arrangements have been made for beginning work on the road to Kokomo as soon as the weather will permit, and it is promised that the road to Lebanon will be built this summer. Promises are also made that by next fall interurban cars will be running to Martinsville and to Plainfield.

SCENE AT GAS CITY BRIDGE

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