Tires and Wires - The story of electric trolley coaches serving sixteen Canadian cities

Now available for purchase


Tires and Wires is a comprehensive history of electric trolley coach operations in sixteen Canadian cities. Starting with some early dabbling in the embryonic technology of a rubber-tired electric bus, transit operators of the 1930s and 1940s turned to these quiet, powerful and efficient vehicles to replace their worn-out streetcar systems.

Tires and Wires is published jointly by Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation and Railfare*DC Books, which has produced many high quality historical Canadian railway and transit system publications. The author, Tom Schwarzkopf, is co-author of Edmonton’s Electric Transit and Calgary’s Electric Transit, as well as other rail and transit publications.

Here are the highlights:

  • 270 pages, more than 200 superb photos and illustrations (54 in colour), and 22 maps
  • A chapter for each city’s system, including wire maps and route maps
  • Complete system equipment rosters, with vehicle specifications and illustrations
  • A description of all nine trolley coach manufacturers.

Book size: 8” x 10”.

How to save more than 15%:

Here is your chance to reserve your copy – and lock-in your savings of $10.00 off the list price of $59.95, or $49.95
(plus $15.00 for shipping and handling). You’ll also save any applicable 5% GST – we’ll pay it for you.

You can click here for your Order Form, which can be mailed with your payment to the CTHF post office box address indicated on the form.

Alternatively, if you wish to order and pay online, follow this link to the CTHF e-store.

Act Now . . .Please note that this offer will expire on January 31, 2019.

You’re sure to find this book a welcome addition to your public transit library.


Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation
Fondation canadienne du patrimoine de transport urbain