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A wet and gloomy day finds TTC PCC 4561 (an A9-class ex-Cincinnati car built by St. Louis Car Co. in 1947) pausing with traffic at the light westbound on St. Clair, after letting off two ladies on the streetcar island at Spadina Road. The PCC is operating on the Rogers Road route, taking St. Clair westbound to Oakwood, and heading north to Rogers and on to Bicknell Loop.

Throughout the 1960's when it became known Toronto was planning to phase out its streetcar network by 1970-ish, local transit photographers such as John Bromley and Robert McMann travelled all over Toronto photographing streetcars in various places around the network, and groups such as the UCRS held fantrips with streetcars travelling over all parts of the system and routes that would be replaced by new subway lines (the Bloor-Danforth subway opening in 1966 and 1968 nixed a bunch of streetcar routes).

While Toronto in the early 1970's ultimately decided to keep its streetcar fleet, some routes were replaced by buses, and the last Rogers Rd. cars would run in July 1974 before replacement by the Route 63F branch of the Ossington trolleybus. The 4500-series St. Clair Carhouse based PCC's such as 4561 would continue to serve the route into its final days.

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



Caption: A wet and gloomy day finds TTC PCC 4561 (an A9-class ex-Cincinnati car built by St. Louis Car Co. in 1947) pausing with traffic at the light westbound on St. Clair, after letting off two ladies on the streetcar island at Spadina Road. The PCC is operating on the Rogers Road route, taking St. Clair westbound to Oakwood, and heading north to Rogers and on to Bicknell Loop.

Throughout the 1960's when it became known Toronto was planning to phase out its streetcar network by 1970-ish, local transit photographers such as John Bromley and Robert McMann travelled all over Toronto photographing streetcars in various places around the network, and groups such as the UCRS held fantrips with streetcars travelling over all parts of the system and routes that would be replaced by new subway lines (the Bloor-Danforth subway opening in 1966 and 1968 nixed a bunch of streetcar routes).

While Toronto in the early 1970's ultimately decided to keep its streetcar fleet, some routes were replaced by buses, and the last Rogers Rd. cars would run in July 1974 before replacement by the Route 63F branch of the Ossington trolleybus. The 4500-series St. Clair Carhouse based PCC's such as 4561 would continue to serve the route into its final days.

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

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John F. Bromley photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [615] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/26/1964 (search)
Railway: Toronto Transit Commission (search)
Reporting Marks: TTC 4561 (search)
Train Symbol: Rogers (Bicknell) (search)
Subdivision/SNS: St. Clair Avenue West at Spadina Road (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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