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TTC rebuilding older streetcars:
First rebuilt car in service, October 15


Before the TTC rebuilt it, ALRV #4217 headed eastbound on Queen, about to cross University Avenue on Sunday, August 31, 2014 in this shot by James Bow.

The first streetcar “graduating” from the TTC’s program to extend the life of its articulated light rail vehicles or ALRVs entered service on the 501 Queen route yesterday, Thursday, October 15. Streetcar #4217 is the first of 30 “bendy” streetcars to undergo a major overhaul that will improve their reliability and make sure the TTC can continue to safely operate the streetcar fleet.

The TTC started its ALRV life-extension program in June. According to the TTC, the $24-million program will improve line capacity and vehicle reliability and availability.

In 1984, the TTC bought 52 ALRVs. Streetcar #4217 is the first car of 30 that the TTC has scheduled to rebuild by the end of 2017 as part of the program. It will retire the remaining 22 by the end of 2019 — as the new low-floor Bombardier Toronto Flexity cars (hopefully) enter service.

The ALRV life-extension program includes completely overhauling the interior and exterior of the streetcar by:

  • repairing corrosion damage and repainting the exterior of body;
  • replacing interior sub-flooring and refurbishing door step-wells;
  • refurbishing pneumatic air systems, propulsion motors and braking systems; and
  • cleaning electrical systems and replacing suspension components.





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