As the 20th century opened, so did the rapid rise of interest in the systems of mass transit along the northern Miami Valley. It was a sign of progress right along side the invention and use of electric generation. It was in 1888 that the progressive industrialists at Piqua first conceived the idea of an electric street railway, which was virtually unheard of. The idea was pressed forward and from it came the Piqua Electric Railway, who began operation along the streets of the City of Piqua in 1890.
Then in 1892 the same group devised the idea to connect the Cities of Piqua and Troy via a second company, the Miami Valley Railway. It too was successful, opening in 1893.
By 1901 proposals were announced almost weekly for the formation of an interurban railway to run through Miami County. It was a group of Dayton businessmen who finally brought reality to the list of proposed electric railways when they began constructing The Dayton & Troy Electric Railway, to connect the City of Dayton with the City of Troy along the Great Miami River Corridor. At Troy it connected with the Miami Valley Railway, this assuring electric railway transportation from Piqua all the way to Dayton.
The enterprise of the D & T Electric Railway leased the Miami Valley Railway in 1902 thus providing seamless service via a single operator and thus began 30 years of continuous passenger operations and an even stronger freight and package delivery business, the like of which have never been repeated.
This is the story of a small electric railway line that was at least 100 years ahead of its time.
Cam-Tech Publishing, softcover, 94 pages, 8.5 x 11 x .25 in., 69 photographs and 10 illustrations.