For those who missed a beautiful Spring day in The Beach, this post has been updated with photos.
Original article from March 25, 2014:
After the road construction project of 2013 that rebuilt Kingston Road from Queen to Victoria Park including streetcar track, water mains, sidewalks and roads, the TTC had planned a celebration last December with free rides on a Sunday afternoon.
Then there was a little storm.
Streetcar overhead wires were thickly coated in ice, tree branches were down everywhere, and the celebration was put on hold.
Now, Spring has arrived! (Trust me, really.)
On Sunday, March 30 from noon to 4:00pm, the TTC will operate a PCC shuttle on Kingston Road between Woodbine and Bingham Loops. For the railfans among my readers (you know who you are) this will be a rare chance to see a car looping back east from Woodbine Loop rather than the much more common short turns in the opposite direction.
Updated March 31, 2014 at 11:00am with photos:
For the sharp eyed, these photos were taken over the course of several trips between Woodbine and Bingham Loops. They are presented here by location rather than by time.
On the last round trip, I rode the car and enjoyed one of the treats visible only from inside: a reflection of 4549 in the shop windows as we passed.
4549 pulls out of Woodbine Loop onto Queen Street.
Turning west-to-northeast from Queen Street onto Kingston Road.
Eastbound at Columbine Avenue.
Eastbound at Woodbine Avenue.
Approaching Bingham Loop eastbound at Kingswood Road.
At Bingham Loop. At each end of the trip there were many would-be riders and photographers. Our operator joked about setting new records for passenger loads on a PCC, although I overheard someone on the Coxwell bus remark that “I can ride a crowded streetcar any day”. It was certainly a popular event with many children who had never seen a streetcar this old.
Turning west onto Kingston Road from Bingham Avenue.
Westbound at Scarborough Road.
Westbound at Brookside Drive.
Westbound at Woodbine Avenue.
Turning into Woodbine Loop from the east.