During the early part of the 20th century, electric railways were much more common than most people now think. These are not the transit lines you see in Europe with the poles dragging along the power cables above them. These were long distance interurban railways that stretched for many miles, and they were for moving people and goods for industry.
|OR Electric Albany ca 1912|
In Oregon they had the Oregon Electric Railroad. In the time frame we will be talking about, the 1910’s, they had over a hundred miles of track stretching across a good distance along the coast of Oregon. Here are two examples of two of their electric engines to get an idea of what a real electric railroad engine looks like during the specific time period.