Unique in North America, HARVEY SHOPS can build streetcars from scratch

TTCHILLCREST1The Toronto Transit Commission’s Hillcrest maintenace facility, 1138 Bathurst Street, opened in 1923.  The property, once home to the Hillcrest Race Track, is now one of the TTC’s major maintenance garages.  This is where buses and streetcars come for an overhaul and repairs.

The Harvey Shops, unique in North America, are named after D. W. Harvey, the TTC’s general manager from 1924-1938.  They’re actually a series of smalll repair shops under one roof – each specializing in one skill or another – from sheet metal and upholstery, to motor, body repair and paint.

Highly skilled employees here have the expertise and equipment to build streetcars from scratch, an idea the Commission sltudied a few years ago.


PHOTO ABOVE – a yellow rail grinder car in front of the Harvey Shops at Hillcrest, ca1967-68.

For anything and everything about TORONTO’s transportation system – subways, buses and streetcars – take a look at Steve Munro’s excellent website: http://www.stevemunro.ca

PHOTO BELOW – one of three new streetcars arriving at the Harvey Shops, Hillcrest.  They’re now being tested, without passengers, and will go into full service in 2014.  The present-day streetcars will be retired.



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