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Long Fall evening shadows are cast on TTC PCC 4522, operating on the Rogers Road route about to depart Bicknell Loop and head back east. The Rogers Road streetcar route ran from Oakwood Loop (or St. Clair Subway Station during rush hours) north on Oakwood Ave., west on Rogers and looped here at Bicknell Loop at the NW corner of Rogers & Bicknell, across from a Dominion grocery store and their large distribution warehouse (that had a rail siding off the CP MacTier Sub, and was once home to munitions manufacturer York Arsenals during WW2). The 4500-series A8 PCC streetcars, the newest in the fleet at the time, were commonly assigned as the Rogers route was operated out of Wychwood (St. Clair) Carhouse.  By this point in time, long shadows were also cast over the existence of the Rogers Road streetcar itself, and less than a year's time it would cease to exist altogether. Part of the reason (noted in Sean Marshall's Spacing.ca post on the route) was the town of York didn't want to spend the extra money including new streetcar track when repaving some of its deteriorating roads (looking at photos taken during the final days, parts of Rogers Rd. were looking quite shabby), and part of the reason was after reversing its decision to phase out all streetcars over the next few years, the TTC was short of streetcar equipment to operate its routes until new cars could be designed, ordered and built. Thus, the final day of streetcar services on Rogers Rd. was July 19th 1974, followed by replacement with with a branch of the Ossington trolleybus route.  Original photographer unknown, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.
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Caption: Long Fall evening shadows are cast on TTC PCC 4522, operating on the Rogers Road route about to depart Bicknell Loop and head back east. The Rogers Road streetcar route ran from Oakwood Loop (or St. Clair Subway Station during rush hours) north on Oakwood Ave., west on Rogers and looped here at Bicknell Loop at the NW corner of Rogers & Bicknell, across from a Dominion grocery store and their large distribution warehouse (that had a rail siding off the CP MacTier Sub, and was once home to munitions manufacturer York Arsenals during WW2). The 4500-series A8 PCC streetcars, the newest in the fleet at the time, were commonly assigned as the Rogers route was operated out of Wychwood (St. Clair) Carhouse.

By this point in time, long shadows were also cast over the existence of the Rogers Road streetcar itself, and less than a year's time it would cease to exist altogether. Part of the reason (noted in Sean Marshall's Spacing.ca post on the route) was the town of York didn't want to spend the extra money including new streetcar track when repaving some of its deteriorating roads (looking at photos taken during the final days, parts of Rogers Rd. were looking quite shabby), and part of the reason was after reversing its decision to phase out all streetcars over the next few years, the TTC was short of streetcar equipment to operate its routes until new cars could be designed, ordered and built. Thus, the final day of streetcar services on Rogers Rd. was July 19th 1974, followed by replacement with with a branch of the Ossington trolleybus route.

Original photographer unknown, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.

Photographer:
Unknown, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [429] (more) (contact)
Date: circa November 1973 (search)
Railway: Toronto Transit Commission (search)
Reporting Marks: TTC 4522 (search)
Train Symbol: Rogers (Bicknell) (search)
Subdivision/SNS: TTC Bicknell Loop - Rogers & Bicknell (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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