The Niagara Gorge Belt Line
- A Pictorial Album
Edited by Gordon J. Thompson
Publisher: Niagara Frontier Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Inc.** (2000)
67 pages softbound.
This book is a pictorial showcase of the interurban streetcar line - Great Gorge and International Railway - that ran along both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara Gorge from Niagara Falls, 1893-1935. A unique historical record, over 100 b&w photos and maps of this streetcar excursion line. The Center inset is a 2-1/2 page, fold-out, multicolor reproduction of a panoramic view of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Gorge, which was originally published in 1932. Photos include breathtaking views of the Falls and mighty gorge, historic trolleys, bridges, and historic railroad buildings. Pictures include scenes shot just feet above the rapids - impossible to get to by car or foot. This book is a compilation of over 15 years of research. Many pictures are from private collections. Current visitors to Niagara Falls will wish the 11.4 mile railroad, which ran just feet from the gorge rapids, was still in operation
** The publisher is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of railroad history in Western New York State, the Province of Ontario, and neighboring regions.
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