ALRV Tour 1998 0900


These two shots of our visit to St. Clair West and St. Clair stations respectively illustrate a story about the Bathurst Street hill, which we used to get to St. Clair. Years before, I had heard that the TTC thought seriously enough about running ALRVs along St. Clair Avenue that they moved the stop of the 74 MOUNT PLEASANT trolley bus down the platform at St. Clair station to accommodate the longer streetcars. Despite this, no ALRVs arrived. When I asked a trolley bus driver why his stop had been moved, I learned the TTC didn't follow through with their plan because apparently the hill on Bathurst Street north of Bloor was so steep, the TTC discovered that ALRVs could not make that hill in rainy weather. At the time, I wonder how they found that out... the 'error' part of 'trial and error'? The reality, though, is the ALRV handled the hill just fine, and the problem the TTC encountered was a streetcar could not push or tow an ALRV that got disabled on that hill.

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1998 ALRV Charter


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