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TTC PCC 4383, operating on the King route westbound to Dundas West Station, passes the Royal Alexandra Theatre and a private GMC "Buffalo" coach unloading theatre-going patrons outside on King near Simcoe. The beaux-arts theatre was constructed in the early 1900's, and since the 60's has been owned by Mirvish Productions (Ed Murvish of Honest Ed's fame), who also operated a chain of restaurants next to the "Royal Alex" along King Street. It is protected by both federal and provincial heritage designations. The clean white First Canadian Place office tower (4 years old at the time, its Carrara marble still looking fresh), as well as the old Lord Simcoe Hotel (demolished starting the next year) are visible in the background of the King Street strip. By now the old CP Express freight sheds and offices that would have been to the right out of frame have been leveled for (pre-Roy Thompson Hall) parking lots.

The TTC 4300 (class A-6), 4400 (A-7) and 4500 (A-8) series of PCC's were some of the last ones to hang on in regular service, being phased out in the late 80's and early 90's due to age, deterioration, and deliveries of new articulated ALRV streetcars. 4383 was still active in 1989, but retired and sold for scrap with a group of sister cars a year later. The King streetcar still operates today, one of the busier streetcar routes in the city along with Queen.

Photographer unknown, Kodachrome from the Dan Dell'Unto collection.
Copyright Notice: This image ©unknown, Dan Dell'Unto coll. all rights reserved.



Caption: TTC PCC 4383, operating on the King route westbound to Dundas West Station, passes the Royal Alexandra Theatre and a private GMC "Buffalo" coach unloading theatre-going patrons outside on King near Simcoe. The beaux-arts theatre was constructed in the early 1900's, and since the 60's has been owned by Mirvish Productions (Ed Murvish of Honest Ed's fame), who also operated a chain of restaurants next to the "Royal Alex" along King Street. It is protected by both federal and provincial heritage designations. The clean white First Canadian Place office tower (4 years old at the time, its Carrara marble still looking fresh), as well as the old Lord Simcoe Hotel (demolished starting the next year) are visible in the background of the King Street strip. By now the old CP Express freight sheds and offices that would have been to the right out of frame have been leveled for (pre-Roy Thompson Hall) parking lots.

The TTC 4300 (class A-6), 4400 (A-7) and 4500 (A-8) series of PCC's were some of the last ones to hang on in regular service, being phased out in the late 80's and early 90's due to age, deterioration, and deliveries of new articulated ALRV streetcars. 4383 was still active in 1989, but retired and sold for scrap with a group of sister cars a year later. The King streetcar still operates today, one of the busier streetcar routes in the city along with Queen.

Photographer unknown, Kodachrome from the Dan Dell'Unto collection.

Photographer:
unknown, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [353] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/07/1979 (search)
Railway: Toronto Transit Commission (search)
Reporting Marks: TTC 4383 (search)
Train Symbol: King (wbnd - Dundas West Stn) (search)
Subdivision/SNS: King & Simcoe - Royal Alexandra Theatre (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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  1. Nice! Classic streetcar and bus.

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