Publication: Electrical Review
New York, NY, United States
A New Electric Railway to be Built in
Pittsburgh by Detroit Electrical Works.
Pittsburgh, with all its resources, is woefully deficient in pleasure resorts. A party of Pittsburgh capitalists, consisting of John H. McCreery, R. D. McGonigal, John A. Caughery, William N. Short, Col. Wm. N. Stone, and others, have taken the matter in hand and bought a large tract of land at Bellevue, a beautiful suburb situated six miles below Pittsburgh, on the Alleghany River. The village is situated on a high bluff about 150 feet above the river. It is the purpose of the gentlemen to transform this village into a monster pleasure ground. It is already within easy access of Pittsburgh by rail, and in addition it is their intention to establish a line of fast pleasure boats, enabling excursionists to reach it by rail or water. The excursionists will reach the bluff by a powerful hydraulic lift now being erected by them; Once on the bluff the excursion and picnic grounds will be reached by an electric railway.
A committee appointed by the above named company carefully investigated the merits of all the different electric railway systems now in use, and unanimously decided that the system built by the Detroit Electrical Works was the best they had seen.
Frank E. Fisher, manager of the Detroit Electrical Works, has just returned from Pittsburgh, having obtained the contract to build and equip the electric railway there, which will cost between $15,000 and $20,000.