Rollsigns from Cornwall, ON
Transit in Cornwall began in 1896 with streetcars operated by the Cornwall Electric Street
Railway Company. Foreclosure closed the company, and it reorganized and reopened as the
Cornwall Street Railway, Light and Power Company in 1902.
In 1949, transit service was converted from streetcars to trolley buses. Later on, conventional
buses took over service. Private operations of the modern Cornwall Transit began on January
1, 1971 until the city took over the service in 1974, and it continues to this date.
This mylar front route sign
has 38 exposures. Its original
upper section is dated July
15, 1976. The lower section
was a later add on. It almost
appeared that the lower
section was designed as a
replacement to the original
sign, but instead, the section
was simply tagged onto the
bottom of the original sign.
The white gap in the middle
is mylar that is overlapped
for about 18 inches, between
the upper and lower sections.

The original sign's tag is
shown below
This mylar front
route sign has 38
exposures. Unlike
the previous sign,
the original sign has
no date. The upper
and lower sections
were connected in
the same way as the
previous sign..
Cornwall Transit #7620 is
shown exiting the Cornwall
Transit garage, September
15, 1999. This bus is
displaying a similar sign to
the ones shown here.
Cornwall Street Railway Light and Power Company linen side
destination sign off of Canadian Car & Foundry Brill electric
trolley bus #100.  It's print date is October 5, 1948, and it has 22
exposures. The date would have made this one of the first printed
rollsigns for the new trolley buses. This copper bordered linen
was purchased off eBay. It is in near mint condition, amazing for
a sign that is well about 70 years old! A photo of the actual sign,
its sign tag, and the bus it came off of are seen below.

The story behind it is as follows, told by Tim Weigard, the fellow
I bought it from:

"The piece came to me from a noted trolley enthusiast by the
name of David Shore who lived in Harvard, Illinois. He
volunteered at the Illinois Railway Museum and was heading
the project to restore the No. 14 cab electric locomotive that also
came from Cornwall.
(Its logo is seen below) Apparently, he
had a knack for acquiring old traction hardware."
"As the story goes, he (Dave) had no wife or kids so his brothers
uncles and others left his home unwatched for about a year
after his death. Some local kids broke in and vandalized the
place. Part of his collection ended up with people who clean out
houses. Fortunately, they sold it to a flea market guy instead of
taking the hardware to a scrap yard for meltdown."
"Kind of scary, isn't it? ..... Needless to say, I'm happy to see it
end up in good hands."

Tim Weigard,
Naperville, IL.
CSR-L&P Co. electric locomotive #14's logo.
The logo on the side of their trolley buses was similar.
Above: CSR-L&P Co. Brill trolley bus #100, the bus this rollsign came
from, is seen at the corner of Marlborough Street North and Montreal
Road on August 15, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of the Scalzo Collection. Used with permission.)

Left: A photograph of the actual rollsign, and it's sign tag.
Track map.
Circa. 1949.
The trolley
bus network
would mimic
this layout.
7/15/76 TRANSIGN
     SGL. FRT.