I am told by the general manager that lighting by electricity proved to be entirely too expensive and that they required to use the storage battery, which had to be charged at certain points. The Pintsch gas was found to be much cheaper.
That was the method of ligthing cars that was generally used. The Intercolonial Railway in common with other railways went into the lighting of their cars with electricity. It made a very excellent light, and was a very great success, but the only drawback was the expense of it, and after it had been used for some yegrs it was taken out. The system was removed' 'five or, six years ago, Ordinary oil was used and is being used as a substitute for electricity, but oil is being replaced as far as possible in all these ears which I have mentioned by Pintsch gas.
The system of electric lighting used on the Canadian Pacific Railway and a great many American roads is a combination of axle and storage battery together. They sometimes have the dynamo in the baggage ear. Has this system been tried ?
The system of generating electricity from flip car itself was tried in one of the cars on the Intercolonial Railway. That was tried very generally on the Canadian Pacific Railway, but they found it to be not in the interest of the road and they discarded it almost wholly, as I am informed. Certainly they have discarded its general use in the lighting of their cars.