Following the delivery of the current Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRVs) and articulated ALRV streetcars in the 1980s, the TTC disposed of most of its remaining Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars. Through the 1990s, it retained only a core rebuilt fleet that lasted until 1996, when all but two left the TTC. Many of these PCC cars were given new life, like the streetcars operating in Kenosha or at the Halton County Radial Railway Museum. Even the PCC living out its life as a seating area for Super Burger near Shelburne has a somewhat dignified end, even if its front was removed. But I recently discovered another long-lost PCC streetcar rusting away on Highway 6 just south of Highway 401 in Morriston, Ontario, far from any current or former streetcar route. Framing along the side of the streetcar suggests that it was used for displaying billboards at one time.
Car 4427 was built in 1949 equipped for multiple-unit operation, and ran in coupled pairs on Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue, and later on Queen Street. Perhaps at the time, the intention of moving a streetcar here, 75 kilometres from downtown Toronto was good – by doing so, it added visual interest along a busy highway and saved a streetcar from the scrapper’s torch. Now, it looks beyond repair and destined to completely rust out.