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Spotted: A Streetcar Gets Towed

But don't worry: this is just part of a training exercise for the TTC's next-generation streetcars.

SPOTTED BY: Ferdinand Galitane (YouTube user ttcgeek)

WHERE: Bathurst Street & Dundas Street

WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 2:45 am

WHAT: By night, the TTC’s next-generation streetcars continue to be put through their paces. Here, we have footage of what Brad Ross, the TTC’s head of communications, indicates is part of the “ongoing testing regimen” for the new vehicles. When in the future one of the new streetcars runs into trouble, it will usually be connected to another streetcar and pulled away—but if, for some reason, a streetcar tow isn’t an option, the TTC will look to a tow truck to perform the service. So what we see here is a practice run for a tow-truck/streetcar rescue.

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CORRECTION: December 16, 2013, 12:45 PMThis post originally gave the intersection as Bathurst and College streets, rather than Bathurst and Dundas streets.


  • TomLuTon

    Bathurst & Dundas, not College

    • TorontoistCopyEditors

      You’re right—thanks for pointing that out!

  • rich1299

    If its a faster way to get a disabled streetcar out of the way then great, but its making me worry about how long they plan the time between the new larger streetcars to be.

  • Joe Clark

    Disabled streetcars are coupled and pushed, not towed, by a second streetcar. (True today and was true at the Russell Yard testing I watched.)