With the demise today of car 4000, the first of the Canadian Light Rail Vehicles, a look back on the prototypes when they were brand new.
The photos here were taken on June 4 1978 at St. Clair Carhouse. I don’t know which fleet numbers the cars shown here wound up with, but I’m sure there is a reader who knows these details and will supply feedback.
Updated December 25, 2017 John Bromley has provided additional information about the prototype CLRVs:
The car in the photos you posted is 4003 II. The photo op was June 4 1978, I was there and have a few photos. Perhaps the July date is the processing date on the slides?
Steve: Thanks for the correct date. I had neglected to write it on the slides at the time.
Below pic shows 4000 II from the rear June 29 1977 at SIG, taken from inside the unfinished carbody of 4003 II. Even then 4000 II had the all-white top on front rather than the black just visible in 4001 II behind it. Do I need to mention the pantograph?
Sorry for the delay in sending, we’ve been in Europe for three weeks.