Brooklyn Elevated Railway Company

Brooklyn Elevated Railway Company
Item# 2979

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On January 19th, 1896, papers were filed by Timothy S. Williams to incorporate the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Corporation (the BRT). The BRT was not an operator, simply a holding company set up to acquire the properties of the other transit interests. Shortly after incorporating, the BRT began a campaign of acquisition of various streetcar, elevated and steam roads.

By 1900, the BRT had taken over the Sea Beach Railway. In 1899, the Nassau Electric Railway, which took over the BB&CI;, was now under BRT control. The Brooklyn Elevated and Union Elevated railways were consolidated into the Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad Company in that same year. In fact, by this time, most of the Brooklyn railroads were in financial straits, and the BRT simply gobbled them up. By 1900, every Brooklyn line was under BRT control, except the Brooklyn and Rockaway Beach Railroad (the Canarsie Line), which didn't fall under BRT control until 1906.

Cox Reference
ID: BRO-432-S-50-ic
Estimate: $250 - $300

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