The 4000 Car

In case you're living in Toronto and you're not aware of it, some of the earliest pieces of current-era-streetcar history are actually still out on our streetcar routes. I knew nothing about them until I read an article in the Torontoist/blogTO/The Grid. That article helped me recognize the weird, red, moulded plastic I saw when I sat down on my streetcar this evening. I recognized it as something special—as a part of transit history—so when everyone cleared off the car, I made sure to snap a few photos.

This #4000 car is one of 3 or 4 of the earliest streetcars Toronto ever bought for the earliest fleet. These early cars (numbered something like 4000, 4002, 4003—I think one of them has been taken off the roads) were actually the only ones to bebuilt in Europe and shipped over to Toronto by boat. Subsequent cars were built to order Canada-side.

Thought I didn't get to spend much time with the car, here's a quick look at what it's like on the inside. Here's hoping these few pictures can make the day of a fellow streetcar nerd.