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.


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

Book size: 8” x 10.5”.

Price: $59.95 plus $15.00 shipping and handling (Canadian orders payable in CAD, outside of Canada in USD).

Orders from outside of Canada and US, please add USD 19.00 for shipping and handling.

You’ll save the applicable 5% GST – our co-publisher, Railfare*DC Books, will pay it for you.

Here’s how to order your copy:

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

*** If you are intending to order 3 or more copies of Tires and Wires, please provide us with your contact information here and we will get in touch with you promptly.

Alternatively, 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.

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

Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation
Fondation canadienne du patrimoine de transport urbain