The Ontaria Electric Railway Historical Association has a site near Guelph, Ontario on an old radial or interurban line not far from Toronto in Canada. I was very fortunate to find it open in the middle of December while I was visiting Toronto. When I eventually found its location, I discovered that there was the second of two Santa days taking place that very evening. After taking some daytime shots, I returned later and had a very enjoyable time riding on the preserved trams and interurbans there, accompanied by Father Christmas and some very welcome hot mulled wine (it was about minus 20 degrees C!).
The Association had three trolleybuses at the time (1988), a 1911 Toronto 'Packard' body, No 23, in poor condition (but not bad considering its age), Cleveland 432 and Hamilton 732 (a T48A by CC&F with Brill body). Both the latter were in reasonable condition, 732 being stored under cover. Since then, the group has acquired several more trolleybuses from Hamilton and Toronto, and lost the Cleveland vehicle. They had plans to run the trolleys to complement their operating tramcars and interurbans, but as far as I know this has not come to fruition.
The Association has a web site at www.hcry.org.
|Cleveland 432 amongst the rammel on site.|
|Hamilton Street Railway trolleybus 732 in the shed alongside Toronto tram 2894.|