Tuesday Train #177

IMGP6859RawConvThe End. My last shot of a CLRV in service on the streets of Toronto. The end for an Icon in the City.

The end. By the time this Tuesday Train arrives, the Canadian Light Rail Vehicle, or CLRV will be history on the streets of Toronto. As 2019 comes to an end, their long swansong as the delays in delivery of their replacement have finally come to an end, and they along with their already gone bigger brothers the Advanced Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV) which was gone earlier this year, Toronto’s streetcar fleet will now be fully modernized. The new cars are better in many ways, not least of which they are fully accessible and far more reliable, and no doubt they will grow on me, but they lack something in their being a modified generic design used around the world. The CLRV and ALRV were streetcars when I first came to Toronto as a kid and saw them, and when I moved here after university to make it my home. Yes, they’ll be around for special events, and at museums, but it’s not the same as them being in service. The picture gallery below shows my pictures from December 28th, 2019, the last day of regular service. The last day of any service was December 29th, when special free runs were being made along the 501 Queen Street route. Goodbye old friend, till we meet again at the museum!

The five cars in service in the morning of the last day, 4069, 4085, 4179, 4184 & 4193.

A full set of pictures from the hour I spent out photographing the cars is at the following link.

Sampling of shots from the Flickr set of December 28th photos.

One thought on “Tuesday Train #177

  1. I’m so glad you were able to enjoy the last few days with these cars.

    I too share that sense that eventually I’ll learn to like the new cars – it was certainly exciting enough to see and ride them for the first time when I was in Toronto last April – but that relationship is still growing on me. Of the many things I liked about Toronto was the presence of streetcars in regular service. The PCC’s are “before my time” and it’s this generation of streetcars that I associate with streetcar service in Toronto so seeing their retirement this year has the same feeling as the closing of that same chapter in my life. It just won’t be the same.

    I’m thrilled to see how many have made it into preservation and I’m enjoying the photos of their move to Halton County museum though so not all is lost.

    Chris

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