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In April 1980, the MBTA was looking for additional new cars to supplement Boeing Vertol LRVs, and it borrowed for evaluation a set of Toronto Transit Commission CLRV trolleys built by Hawker-Siddeley. They're seen here leaving the Boston College loop on Commonwealth Avenue. No sale resulted, but the bright red visitors were an interesting sight. As an aside, they had to be regauged to run in Boston since the Toronto track gauge is a nonstandard 4' 10.5".

Photographed by Tom Nelligan, April, 1980.
Added to the photo archive by Tom Nelligan, October 16, 2017.
Railroad: MBTA.

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Very interesting! I'm curious why in 1980 a green line trolley destination roll sign would say "PARK STREET via SUBWAY" - how else would a Green Line car get there?

Posted by John Barlow on 2017-10-17 06:35:17

That was a standard roll sign designation throughout the PCC era, and the MBTA shop probably just put an old PCC roll sign into the CLRVs during their visit. I presume the wording was meant to indicate that the car made stops along the Central Subway on its way to its destination. Up until the late 1950s the MTA had a number of streetcar routes that did *not* go into the Central Subway, although admittedly none of them had Park Street as a terminal.

Posted by Tom Nelligan on 2017-10-17 09:27:12

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