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   Union Traction and the Philadelphia Rapid Transit system

Page entitled : Competitors and consolidation into Union Traction Company

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About the competitors of the Philadelphia Traction promoters and how they merged the People's Passenger line with Electric Traction to form Union Traction in 1895.

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Green & Coates Street line. In 1882 the People’s came under control of Charles Jefferson Harrah, who had made his fortune building ships, railroads, telegraph lines and street railways in Brazil, before returning to Philadelphia, from where he originated.

Harrah was president of the People’s Passenger Railway for two years, until the company came under control of the group controlling the Lombard & South Street line and he was replaced by Howard Augustin Stevenson.
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