May 10, 2009

Return of the PCC

The TTC  continues to own and operate two PCC streetcars (Presidents' Conference Committee) for private charter use. Starting today (May 10, 2009) you will be able to ride on one for regular fare. The last two remaining  cars will be pressed back into service on the 509 Harbourfront route from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You will be able to see them there on every Sunday until September 6, 2009.

When I first started to work at the TTC I dove PCC streetcars out of Russell Division. The thing I remember most about them is how cold they were in the winter. Overnight the cars were parked outside and being construct mainly metal they really felt cold in the morning. It took hours for the driver’s compartment to warm up.

Here’s a little bit of trivial for you. Russell (Connaught) Division  is the only TTC Division named after a person. All of the others are named after the street or area they were built on.

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