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TTC Peter Witt streetcar 2766, operating on a Sunday fantrip, is seen posing at Townsley Loop off Old Weston Road north of St. Clair Avenue on the morning of September 6th 1964. By this time, the TTC's University subway line opening earlier the previous year had nixed the old Dupont streetcar line and reduced demands of the streetcar fleet, notably affecting the remaining old Peter Witt cars. They were kept around as spares, but saw infrequent service and retired the following year in 1965. In the meantime, they were popular for fantrip charters, a number of which were run in 1963-65 with some of the remaining units, including cars 2742, 2766, 2858, 2868, and 2884. Even after its July 1965 retirement, TTC kept car 2766, which would later return in the 70's for Tour Tram service and is still retained by the TTC today.

Townsley Loop was located on a small parcel of land at the north-west quadrant of Old Weston Road and its namesake Townsley Street, by this point mainly serving as a spot to short-turn St. Clair streetcars (it remains today, but with tracks removed and serving as a bus loop). In the background is Construction Equipment Company Ltd, a local construction equipment and tool sales, service, and rentals dealer located at 404 Old Weston Road. According to old promotional materials, they had branches in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, and dealt with small-to-medium sized equipment like backhoes, bulldozers, cable shovels, cranes, mixers, compressors, etc for local construction, road work and such. They had a rail spur off CP's MacTier Sub at one point (although a 1966 timetable lists them as "Godson's"). It appears the property was redeveloped around 1976 into the current commercial retail building there today, presently home to a flea market.

John F. Bromley photo (duplicate slide), Dan Dell'Unto collection.
Copyright Notice: This image ©John F. Bromley photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. all rights reserved.



Caption: TTC Peter Witt streetcar 2766, operating on a Sunday fantrip, is seen posing outside Townsley Loop off Old Weston Road north of St. Clair Avenue on the morning of September 6th 1964. By this time, the TTC's University subway line opening earlier the previous year had nixed the old Dupont streetcar line and reduced demands of the streetcar fleet, notably affecting the remaining old Peter Witt cars. They were kept around as spares, but saw infrequent service and retired the following year in 1965. In the meantime, they were popular for fantrip charters, a number of which were run in 1963-65 with some of the remaining units, including cars 2742, 2766, 2858, 2868, and 2884. Even after its July 1965 retirement, TTC kept car 2766, which would later return in the 70's for Tour Tram service and is still retained by the TTC today.

Townsley Loop was located on a small parcel of land at the north-west quadrant of Old Weston Road and its namesake Townsley Street, by this point mainly serving as a spot to short-turn St. Clair streetcars (it remains today, but with tracks removed and serving as a bus loop). In the background is Construction Equipment Company Ltd, a local construction equipment and tool sales, service, and rentals dealer located at 404 Old Weston Road. According to old promotional materials, they had branches in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, and dealt with small-to-medium sized equipment like backhoes, bulldozers, cable shovels, cranes, mixers, compressors, etc for local construction, road work and such. They had a rail spur off CP's MacTier Sub at one point (although a 1966 timetable lists them as "Godson's"). It appears the property was redeveloped around 1976 into the current commercial retail building there today, presently home to a flea market.

John F. Bromley photo (duplicate slide), Dan Dell'Unto collection.

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John F. Bromley photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [534] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/06/1964 (search)
Railway: Toronto Transit Commission (search)
Reporting Marks: TTC 2766 (search)
Train Symbol: Fantrip (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Townsley Loop - Old Weston Rd. & Townsley St. (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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