Jan 7, 2007

Toronto Streetcar History

Did you know that in the 1940's, Toronto resisted attempts by the automobile industry to eliminate streetcars, and that by the 1970's Toronto had the largest streetcar system in North America?

I found these videos very interesting and I want to share them with you.

Part 1 (7mins):
- the history and development of streetcar technology
- a nostalgic tour of the workhorse President's Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar

Part 2 (7mins):
- the automobile industry's secret conspiracy to eliminate streetcars
- the introduction of the Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV)
- the ingenious mechanics of today's streetcar

Part 3 (7mins):
- the St.Clair Right of Way controversy
- the culture of the streetcar and its roll in arts and urbanization
- current revitalization trends and the roll of the LRT concept

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can you help me please? I am looking for any information on Henry Ambrose Havelock, an Englishman who came to Canada in 1912 and later signed up for the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in 1915.
After the war he became a street car conductor in Toronto, and would sing in the street car. He became known as "The Golden Voice of Toronto" and is believed to have made a Radio broadcast.
Does anyone remember anything about him?