A storied piece of Toronto’s transit historical past rolled by way of downtown on Sunday.

For 4 hours within the morning, a classic mannequin streetcar that shuttled passengers all through town for practically six a long time years briefly returned to the Queen Avenue observe.

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The uncommon return to service was meant to mark 80 years for the reason that well-known Presidents’ Convention Committee mannequin streetcars began working in Toronto. 

The PCC streetcars first started working within the metropolis on Sept. 23, 1938. Designed and constructed within the U.S. earlier that decade, the PCC design has turn into an iconic a part of transit historical past all through North America. 

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Vintage PCC streetcar #4549 entered service in Toronto in 1951.


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Classic PCC streetcar #4549 entered service in Toronto in 1951.

The precise automobile that the TTC made accessible on Sunday was accomplished and delivered to town in 1951, and was the final PCC streetcar ever ordered by the transit service.

Jesse Goulah, a veteran transit operator with 11 years expertise on the TTC, welcomed passengers as they boarded at stops between Church Avenue and Bathurst Avenue. 

“These little streetcars are fairly unbelievable. Good to drive, snug, fairly fast. I just like the classic really feel of it,” Goulah mentioned.

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“The brand new ones are good in that they are a little bit simpler to function. These ones take a little bit little bit of finessing.”

Passenger Oliver Setka mentioned he needed to experience the PCC regardless that he did not have a selected vacation spot.



TTC driver Jesse Goulah said the vintage streetcar requires a little 'finessing' from the driver.


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TTC driver Jesse Goulah mentioned the classic streetcar requires a little bit ‘finessing’ from the motive force.

“I like these. It is historical past. It reminds us of the way in which issues have been,” he informed CBC Toronto. 

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TTC spokesperson Brad Ross posted on social media that the automobile used at the moment is considered one of two PCC mannequin streetcars presently within the TTC’s possession. 

At its peak, the PCC fleet in North America numbered 740. The automobiles remained in service in Toronto till 1995.



A view from inside one of two PCC model streetcars owned by the TTC.


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A view from inside considered one of two PCC mannequin streetcars owned by the TTC.

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