Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the West End Traction Company dating back to the 1890's. This document was printed by the Homer Lee Bank Note Company and measures approximately 11 1/2" (w) by 7 3/4" (h).
This certificate's fantastic vignette features one of the company's trolleys near what appears to be the Point Bridge.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured.
This line was incorporated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1897. In 1898, the company acquired the West End, Mount Washington & Banksville Railway, and the Pittsburgh & West End Passenger Railway (which was incorporated and opened 1879.) In 1894 the West End Traction Company acquired the Pittsburgh Neville Island & Coraopolis Electric Railway (incorporated 1893,) and in 1895 the company acquired the Pittsburgh, Crafton & Mansfield Street Railway (incorporated 1893.) In 1900, the company's lines were consolidated as the Southern Traction Company.
In 1901, Southern Traction obtained a new charter and was renamed the Pittsburgh Railways Company. The company then assumed control of all streetcar properties leased or owned by the Philadelphia Company, except the Beaver Valley Traction Company.
The Pittsburgh Railways Company then began the construction of the Mount Washington Trolley Tunnel. Excavation of the 3,492 foot long, 6.1 percent grade tunnel began October 6, 1902. With the excavation complete within the year, the heading of the tunnel began, followed by the lining of 77 the tunnel which was completed in 1904. The tunnel was officially opened December 1, 1904 and provided the leased Pittsburgh & Castle Shannon Railroad with its first direct route into downtown Pittsburgh.
Funding the unprofitable line, the Philadelphia Company continued to back Pittsburgh Railways until it was taken over in 1906 by The United Railways Investment Company. In that year, the United Railways Investment Company, located in New Jersey, acquired 72.8 percent of the common stock of the Philadelphia Company. Under their management, Pittsburgh Railways began growing, consolidating, and improving its holdings.