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TTC PCC 4590, operating on a Kingston Road rush hour "tripper" short turning at Connaught (probably a morning carhouse return trip to Russell Carhouse), heads east on King Street East at Power Street. Note the white and orange "via King Street" route sign in the windshield, signalling this Kington Road car would be diverting down King St. for its west-end routing (rather than the alternate Kingston routing of Queen St. to McCaul). 

This area of King Street (Corktown) boarders on the industrial "West Donlands" area to the south, with many old manufacturing buildings and factories visible such as the Labatt's Brewery in the background along King near Berkeley. Looking back on other photos of the area, there's a very working-class feel to this stretch of King Street in the 60's. Also note the Derby Tavern, located at the corner of King & Parliament. If one looks closely, they can see the "Men's Entrance" sign. The "Ladies and Escorts" entrance was off Parliament St., leading to a separate drinking area. As far as I can determine, this all originated from old backward-seeming (at least today) Ontario Liquor Board laws that came into effect in the 1930's requiring separate drinking areas - one for just men, and one for women and women with their husbands. Backwards logic with the war, spread of disease, and I suppose what could be termed today as "hookup culture" between singles (more information about all that here and here for those wondering).

4590 was part of the A-10 class group of "pre-war" PCC's originally built for the Cincinnati Street Railway in 1940 and acquired by the TTC in 1950 (the Cinci cars were part of the first of many acquisitions of used PCC's to help build the fleet - in part due to the increasing costs of new cars, other transit agencies selling their streetcar fleets in favour of buses, and to replace some of the old wooden streetcars the TTC was still running). The secondhand and used cars tended to leave the fleet before the ones acquired new, and the A-10 class was eventually all retired, disposed of or sold off in the mid-70's, leaving many younger and newer PCC's still in service.

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



Caption: TTC PCC 4590, operating on a Kingston Road rush hour "tripper" short turning at Connaught (probably a morning carhouse return trip to Russell Carhouse), heads east on King Street East at Power Street. Note the white and orange "via King Street" route sign in the windshield, signalling this Kingston Road car would be diverting down King St. for its west-end routing (rather than the alternate Kingston routing via Queen St. to McCaul).

This area of King Street (Corktown) boarders on the industrial "West Donlands" area to the south, with many old manufacturing buildings and factories visible such as the Labatt's Brewery in the background along King near Berkeley. Looking back on other photos of the area, there's a very working-class feel to this stretch of King Street in the 60's. Also note the Derby Tavern, located at the corner of King & Parliament. If one looks closely, they can see the "Men's Entrance" sign. The "Ladies and Escorts" entrance was off Parliament St., leading to a separate drinking area. As far as I can determine, this all originated from old backward-seeming (at least today) Ontario Liquor Board laws that came into effect in the 1930's requiring separate drinking areas - one for just men, and one for women and women with their husbands. Backwards logic with the war, spread of disease, and I suppose what could be termed today as "hookup culture" between singles (more information about all that here and here for those wondering).

4590 was part of the A-10 class group of "pre-war" PCC's originally built for the Cincinnati Street Railway in 1940 and acquired by the TTC in 1950 (the Cinci cars were part of the first of many acquisitions of used PCC's to help build the fleet - in part due to the increasing costs of new cars, other transit agencies selling their streetcar fleets in favour of buses, and to replace some of the old wooden streetcars the TTC was still running). The secondhand and used cars tended to leave the fleet before the ones acquired new, and the A-10 class was eventually all retired, disposed of or sold off in the mid-70's, leaving many younger and newer PCC's still in service.

John F. Bromley photo, Kodachrome from the Dan Dell'Unto collection.

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John F. Bromley photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [353] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/30/1965 (search)
Railway: Toronto Transit Commission (search)
Reporting Marks: TTC 4590 (search)
Train Symbol: Kingston Road (ebnd, short turn at Connaught) (search)
Subdivision/SNS: King & Power (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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