Waiting for a bus last week, I managed to capture a funeral procession for an old TTC subway car. Car #5605, a H-4 subway car, was built by Hawker-Siddley and accquired by the TTC in 1974 or 1975. In 2001, car 5605 was placed into storage at Wilson Yard when the final T-1 subway cars were delivered. Car #5605, along with 35 other H-4s, were put aside in anticipation of the 2008 Olympics, to be used for additional service in the chance that Toronto won its bid. Eight other H-4 cars were converted to work units.
TTC #5605 was given a full police escort as the car was taken away from TTC property. #5605 is survived by 50 H-4 cars, which remain in service on the Bloor-Danforth line during rush hours only (you can recognize them by the shape of the roofline and the comfy orange benches). These few survivors will be replaced (along with the H-5 cars on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line) when the new “Toronto Rocket” trains arrive starting in 2009. I noted that Future Enterprise is an interesting name for a scrap dealer.
In lieu of flowers, senior levels of government are requested to send funds for capital and operating expenses to the Toronto Transit Commission.