vidTO: Toronto Streetcar History
Did you know that in the fall, sap from fallen leaves makes streetcar tracks extra slippery and that our streetcars can disperse sand for added traction at the push of a button?
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?
If you're even remotely interested in the TTC and our streetcar system, you're sure to enjoy watching this documentary.
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
(photo: Photosapience Daily)
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