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Trenton Street Railway Company


SKU: 3839
Product Details

Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Trenton Street Railway Company dating back to the 1890's. This document was printed by the American Bank Note Company and measures approximately 11 1/4" (w) by 7 1/2" (h).

This certificate features a pair of vignettes - an electrified trolley at the top and an allegorical female figure grasping lightning at the right.


The images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary.

Historical Context

The Trenton Street Railway Company was incorporated in 1898 as consolidation of the following companies:

  • Trenton Passenger Railway - incorporated 1891 as consolidation of Trenton Horse Railroad Company (incorporated 1889)
  • City Railway Company (incorporated 1889)
  • Hamilton Township Street Railway Company
  • South Clinton Avenue & Broad Street Railway Company
  • Ewing Passenger Railway
  • Mulberry Street Passenger Railway
  • Pennington Avenue Passenger Railway

Subsidiaries serving suburbs outside Trenton included Mercer County Traction Company (formed 1899), Trenton Pennington & Hopewell Street Railway (acquired 1903), Trenton Hamilton & Ewing Traction Company (formed 1905). In 1910, the Trenton Street Railway and the three above suburban companies were leased to the Trenton & Mercer County Traction Company.

In 1929, the Trenton Street Railway was succeeded by Trenton Transit Company, and in 1959 by Capital Transit Company. Streetcars were discontinued in 1934. In 1969, Capital Transit Company was acquired by the publicly owned Mercer County Metro, which continued to operate buses until 1984, when New Jersey Transit assumed operations.