Excerpt from Electric Street Railways
Even in the annals of applied electricity, where phenomenal growth has been a leading characteristic, perhaps nothing has equalled the rapidity with which the electric railroad has come into actual use as a necessity of our everyday life. In our more populous cities, not only has electric traction almost entirely displaced the street car, but, where it has paralled steam railroads, it has proved, for suburban traffic, a rival which is every day becoming more and more formidable.
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