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At the end of 1888 and during 1889 the Electric Traction Co, employing Immisch and Co machinery and expertise, instigated a trial of accumulator tramcars on the Barking Road section of the North Metropolitan Tramways Co's network. This small mile-long single-line track from Plaistow to Canning Town was chosen to prove the economy and reliability of the electric system. The 52 seat tramcars, 6 in total (4 on the road at any one time), ran daily from June 1889 until August 1892.
1890 Demonstrated electric launches at the Edinburgh Exhibition
1890 Hoping for a large scale expansion of electric traction on the existing horse-drawn tramways, Immisch and Co, together with the Electric Traction Co chaired by Viscount Bury, sold themselves to the General Electric Power and Traction Co.
1894 The General Electric Power and Traction Co foundered due to its reliance on rechargeable battery traction.
1894 Another company of the same name, the Electric Traction Company, was registered