Monday, May 3, 2010

PDV #4: Toronto's Streetcars in D

Streetcars have rolled in Toronto for almost one hundred and fifty years - the first horsecars entered service in 1861, the system was electrified thirty years later, and it has continued on ever since despite all attempts to shut it down. It's one of only a handful of North American streetcar systems that survived the dark years of the mid-20th century, and aside from New Orleans it's the only one that retains the standard 19th century operating practices - and New Orleans' system was pared down to a single line before it could rebuild again.

Over the last two years, I've been photographing streetcars with the ultimate intention of taking a picture of every single one the TTC operates. This slideshow video incorporates some of them. I hope you find it interesting. The audio track is a piano arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon in D, and it can be downloaded from the Internet Archive.

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