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Street Railway To Detroit

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A fresh irupetus was given to the new Detroit-Ann Arbor eleotrio line of the Detroit, Ypsilanti aud Ann Arbor Railway by the granting to it of a franchise by the Springwells towo board allowing the company to rnn cats throngh that township. Work has already been cormnenced in the above township by Contraotor Michael J Griffin. Mr. Griffin has already attaiued considerable prorninence as a railroad oonstructor. He has the contract to construct the road as far as Dearborn, and wil] work in cornpauy with Mr. John C. Liggett, the company 's engineer. Mr. J. D. Hawkes, president of the company, has determined to íaake the road firsfc olass in every particnlar aud espects it to be a model for snbnrbau electric roads thronghout the ooantry. The roadbed will be of the highest and rnost modern type of steam railroad constrnotion. The tracks which have been ordered and are now on their way to Detroit areof the heaviest kind usedin railroad building, being tho best 70-pound new steel rail, with 2,640 ties to the mile. The contract for the overhead systeru has been let to the Ohio Brass Co., of Mansfield, Obio, and will be complete in every detail. A doublé trolly systeru will be nsed throngbont. The power house of the new road will be constrncted a sboit distanoe west of Wayne. It will ba modern in every appointment and equipped with six 200-horse power boilers, one 600-horse power Corliss engine, and two 300-borse power Corliss engines. These tbree engines will opérate the dynamos whiob will furnish sufficient carrying capaoity for any development of the road. The oars will surpass anything in their line in tbis section of the country. They will be 44 feet over all with a center aisle and reversible seats. Eaoh car will be eqnipped with four 50-horse power motors, air brakes and hot water heating system, and will be provided with toilet aocommodations which is a decidedly new feature in strest railways. It is the company's intention to have offices in all the towns along the route, to narry light freightand to do a suburban express business. Negotiations are pending with the United States express company whereby it is believed they will establieh branch offices in every town along the route, thus enabling the patrons of the road to express merchandise to any part of the country. The new road will be complete as far as Dearborn within the next month, and will be continued on to Ann Arbor in the spring. Work was oommencod Tuesday on btrengthening tbe Michigan ave. bridge over the River Ronge at Detroit, to make it better able to stand the crossing of oars on tbe new road. The road was finished and ready for iron as far as theJlJearborn township line Tuesday uight.


Ann Arbor Argus
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