Sunday, December 20, 2009

PDP #148: Meet the New St. Clair

For nearly ninety years, streetcars have rattled along St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto, and today it's the northernmost route in the streetcar network. For the last two years or so, they've been limited to a brief shuttle service between St. Clair and St. Clair West stations, but today the rebuilt right-of-way - removed back during the Great Depression, partly as a make-work project and partly because of course streetcars are obsolete and for nerds anyway - has officially opened for service as far west as Lansdowne Avenue. It's been a long time coming, so long that I've never seen streetcars run on that part of St. Clair before.

Yesterday, the newest portion of the line was served by the TTC's two remaining PCC streetcars, 4500 and 4549, on a zero-fare heritage charter. I don't know how long it's been since these vehicles have been on St. Clair, but they do look good there.

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