Montreal and Southern Counties Railway

Montreal and Southern Counties Railway
Montreal & Southern Counties Railway Company
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A M&SC streetcar arriving in Saint-Lambert
Locale Montreal, South Shore, Granby
Transit type Interurban streetcar
Number of lines 2
Number of stations 35
Headquarters Tramways Building, Montreal, Quebec
Began operation October 30, 1909
Ended operation October 13, 1956
Operator(s) Canadian National Railway
System map

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The Montreal and Southern Counties Railway Company (M&SCRC) was an interurban streetcar line that ran between Montreal and Granby until 1956. A second branch served the city of Longueuil.

Operated by the Canadian National Railway (CN), the M&SCRC had the mandate to run trams and Steam locomotivess (and Diesel locomotives) on the same track (outside urban areas).



The M&SCRC was created as a result of a law passed by the Canadian Parliament on June 29, 1897. The service was inaugurated between Montreal and Saint-Lambert via the Victoria Bridge on October 30, 1909. The service was extended to Longueuil in 1910, toward Mackayville in 1912 and to Chambly, Richelieu and Marieville in 1913, Saint-Césaire in 1914, Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford, Quebec in 1915, and finally Granby in 1916.

Absorbed by the Grand Trunk Railway, the M&SCRC became the property of CN in 1923.

The Montreal terminal was situated at the southwest corner of McGill Street and Rue Marguerite-d'Youville. The building that served as the station is still standing today.

The M&SCRC was managed under two divisions. The interurban division managed the traffic on the main line between Montreal and Granby, whereas the suburban division managed the branch between Saint-Lambert and Montreal South (Longueuil).

Service declined starting in 1951, when CN replaced the electric tramways with diesel trains between Marieville and Granby. In 1955, CN decided to remove the streetcar rails on the Victoria Bridge the following year. The streetcar made its final voyage on October 13, 1956.


Montreal-Longueuil Line

Montreal-Granby Line


  • Clegg, Anthony; Omer Lavallée (1966). Catenary through the Counties: The story of Montreal & Southern Counties Railway. St. Hilaire, Quebec: The Classic Era in cooperation with Canadian Railroad Historical Association. pp. 64 p. illus. (part col.), maps (part col.) 23 x 29 cm. OCLC 25171. LCCN 70-413781. 
  • Grumley, J.R. Thomas, Montreal & Southern Counties Railway Co., Ottawa, Bytown Railway Society, 2004, 67 pages. ISBN 0-921871-07-4, ISBN 978-0-921871-07-1 OCLC 56011524

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