The Daily Photoist: InsideOf1326
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The Daily Photoist: InsideOf1326

Every weekday, we pick an image from the Torontoist Flickr Pool and feature it here on the site. It’s our way to give the many excellent photographers in our pool the attention they deserve!
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We were struck by this photo captured by Flickr pool contributor jim.vanmeggelen of the inside of Toronto Railway Company #1326—specifically by the workmanship inherent in these old streetcars. This particular car was built in 1910 and retired 41 years later, and now sits in operational condition at the Halton County Radial Roadway museum in Milton.
With the plans for a railway museum at the John Street Roundhouse drastically diminished to make way for a furniture store, the HCRR is the best place to see what public transit used to be like in Toronto. The Toronto Railway company was the predecessor to the TTC, and had plans for two underground streetcar lines beneath Yonge, from Eglinton to Front, and Queen, from east to west at a cost of $1 million per mile. The plans were rejected by a public(!) vote in 1910.
Particularly interesting is how the varnished wood moldings and glass fixtures attempted to bring the classier comforts of home to public transit. At the time this streetcar entered service to serve a rapidly expanding population of 340,000, the car was yet to be king and Toronto was developing one of the most extensive surface rail systems in the world.
More of Jim’s classic streetcar photos can be seen here.

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