BC Electric Company, 1923


City of Vancouver Archives, Trans P101.1.
City of Vancouver Archives, Trans P101.1.

BC Electric Company
Vancouver’s first motorbus, painted the familiar dark green colour of the BC Electric Company, hauls a load of local dignitaries on its inaugural run in March 1923. The vehicle had a 30-horsepower engine, hand-cranked of course, hard rubber tires and candles in lieu of a defroster. In the thick fogs so common in the city in those days, off-duty drivers came in to act as fog pilots, standing in the doorway to warn their partner back onto the road or trotting ahead trailing a white handkerchief.

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