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The 509 Harbourfront Opening Ceremonies (July 21, 2000)

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TTC CLRV 4151 is bears a ribbon for the opening ceremonies of the 509 Harbourfront streetcar and a brand new destination sign. Photo by James Bow

Text by James Bow.

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On Friday, July 21, 2000, dignitaries, railfans, members of the community, and the curious alike gathered for the ceremonies marking the opening of the Queen's Quay 'missing link' between Spadina and Bathurst. While not as elaborate a celebration as the opening of the 510 Spadina streetcar line, the opening still gave the TTC a chance to blow its own horn (literally) and to announce the third new streetcar line to be built in just over ten years.

People began gathering at the Toronto Music Garden on Queens Quay just west of Spadina a little before the scheduled start of 11 a.m. The Toronto news media was out in force, interviewing dignitaries and members of the public, as well as filming the four streetcars which had been selected for the parade. Those streetcars were, in order from back to front, CLRVs 4072 and 4151 and ALRV 4205, led by freshly refurbished and repainted PCC 4549. And, of course, the TTC moose was in attendance.

The ceremony started a few minutes late, but the speeches were short and the ribbon was quickly cut. Then the public were treated to free rides along the line for the next three hours. Even more people turned up for the first day of operation the following Sunday, as the line got off to a very good start.

Below is a selection of photographs from that Friday, and associated commentary.

509 Harbourfront Opening Ceremonies Image Archive

Thanks to the organizers of this event for the food and the fun and for a perfectly festive mood with which to celebrate yet another streetcar opening. Here's hoping that more openings will follow.

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