It is not known what this scale model of a type of streetcar used in Montreal at the beginning of the 20th century was used for. It could either be a demonstration model, a child's toy or a collector's item.

The electrification of the tramway, which began in 1892, had unprecedented effects on the Montreal public transportation network. Electricity was more reliable than animal traction, and made it possible to equip vehicles with more powerful motors. This advance doubled, then quadrupled, the speed of the streetcars while increasing the passenger capacity. The long rod on the roof of the streetcar is a trolley pole, a device that rolls or slides along the overhead wires and supplies the vehicle with electricity.

The influence of the new technology went far beyond the public transportation services since it required the installation of a network of electrical wires, which could also be used to light the streets of the city.
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