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Kansas City in Toronto, PCC 4779 Charter (June 13, 1976)

Text by James Bow. Photos by Richard Glaze

On Sunday, June 13, 1976, Robert McMann chartered the TTC’s A14-class ex-Kansas City all-electric PCC for a tour of the system. PCC 4779 had the distinction of being the highest numbered streetcar in the fleet (until ALRV 4900), and possibly the last PCC to arrive on TTC property. Bought from the Kansas City Public Service in 1957, the vehicle was reaching the end of its service life by the mid-1970s, which may have been one reason for the charter. The ex-Kansas City class were often favoured due to their distinctive appearance (extra-large windows and a single extra-wide rollsign that kept the cars largely confined to the routes of St. Clair division.

Another feature of this charter was a series of photoshoots around Mount Pleasant, given that streetcar service was due to be pulled from Mount Pleasant Road later that month.

PCC 4779 toured the city for over six hours, and Richard Glaze was there to take a number of photographs. He also supplied a vintage Kansas City rollsign for use at a number of places on the run.

Thanks to Steve Munro for supplying information about this charter.

Ex-Kansas City PCC 4779 July 1976 Charter Image Archive

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