John Stephenson Company

John Stephenson Company

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The John Stephenson Car Company was an American manufacturer of carriages, horsecars, cable car, and streetcar, based in New York City. It was founded by John Stephenson in 1831.Middleton, William D. (1967). The Time of the Trolley, p. 424. Milwaukee: Kalmbach Publishing. ISBN 0-89024-013-2. John Stephenson invented the first streetcar to run on rails, building this in 1832, for the New York and Harlem Railroad. A reorganization in 1867 included shortening of the company's name to the John Stephenson Company. In the latter part of the 19th century, the company was a major builder of streetcars, constructing some 25,000 cars in the period 1876–1891 alone, including ones for export.

Its customers included many systems, in the US and other countries. Among the foreign ones were the Toronto Street Railways, Montreal Street Railway Company, Mexico City's Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Distrito Federal, and Lisbon, Portugal's CCFL .King, B. R.; and Price, J. H. (1995). The Tramways of Portugal (4th edition), pp. 5, 21. London: Light Rail Transit Association. ISBN 0-948106-19-0.

Stephenson's factory was located in Elizabeth, New Jersey after 1898. The company was acquired by the J.G. Brill Company in 1904 and continued to operate under the Stephenson...
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