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Posted on: February 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Fighting for Passengers: Streetcar Rivalries at the Turn of the 20th Century - Monday, March 7, 7 pm

Square 1890 streetcar

Feb. 22, 2022 —Join Greg Siegel, chair of Hampton’s Streetcar 390 Project, as he explores the history of streetcar service on the lower Peninsula between 1900 to 1914. During this period a bitter rivalry erupted between the two streetcar companies vying for riders from Old Point Comfort, Hampton and Newport News. 

In 1900, investors from Newport News, Norfolk, Pennsylvania and New York, came together to form the Hampton Roads Railway and Electric Company. The main line for this company ran from Phoebus to Newport News along present-day Chesapeake Avenue in Olde Wythe. This main line was in direct competition with the first streetcar company formed by James Darling in 1888. Under new ownership by 1900, was called Newport News and Old Point Railway and Electric Company.   

He will outline the struggles the Hampton Roads Railway and Electric Company had in getting up and running while building the line in 1901. By 1905 this company went into bankruptcy and became the Hampton Roads Traction Company. In 1914 with Traction Company now controlled by the Newport News and Old Point Railway and Electric Company, changed their name to Newport News Hampton Railway and Electric and Gas Company. 

In closing his program, Siegel will update attendees on the latest developments and discoveries of the Streetcar 390 restoration, as well as fundraising progress and plans for the pavilion that will house the restored streetcar. 

Greg's recently published book "The One That Survived: The Story of Streetcar 390 and the Era of Streetcar Service on the Lower Peninsula,” is available in the museum gift shop for $20.00. Museum members receive a 10% discount. Not yet a member? Join today and save! 
Admission is free to museum members, $5 for non-members.

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