I was excited to ride the Toronto streetcars, since the MBTA actually leased a few for testing. They didn't make the buy (because they didn't have left hand doors and weren't articulated), but some were in Boston nonetheless. The first streetcar I'll be showing you guys (I'll be doing these in numerical, rather than chronological, order) does use articulated trains, but I guess they must be newer than the ones the MBTA leased.
We didn't take any of the streetcars (except the Dundas one, which will be in the next post) for especially long distances; we did the 501 from Jarvis to Bathurst, about 1 and three quarters of a mile. After a fruitless run for a stopped streetcar and about a 10 minute wait, we were off.
|There was some sort of bus replacement for part of the line, it looks like.|
|Looking towards the front.|
We got on in a fairly bad neighborhood, with abandoned buildings and parking lots, but once we crossed over Church Street it got better. There was a nice park on the corner and the buildings got taller. We went by Queen Station and Toronto's old city hall.
We then went by Osgoode Station and Osgoode Hall (which had a very interesting exhibit about the fence around its perimeter...very interesting), then the buildings got much smaller after that. There were some very diverse storefronts along this section. Also of note was a CTV building, which had a car smashing its way out. I didn't take any pictures, but here's a link that leads to the Google Street View of the building.
Nearing Spadina Ave, the neighborhood got hipper, with a lot of clothing and shoe stores lining the street. But after Spadina, it got much less so. We didn't see much of it, though, because we got off at Bathurst to take another streetcar up to the theater district.
|A better view of the train.|
|The one picture I got of the 504.|
But next time I'll be doing the Dundas and Carlton Streetcars, the former of which we actually took a considerable distance!