Kitchener Public Library Digital Collections
Kitchener Public Utilities Commission street car no. 36


Description
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Photographs
Description:
Black and white image shows a stationary electric streetcar from the fleet of the Kitchener-Waterloo Street Railway transit service, operated by the Kitchener Public Utilities Commission.

The Kitchener Public Utilities Commission operated a transit service in Kitchener and Waterloo from 1927 to 1973. It operated electric street railway cars along King Street in both cities from 1927 to 1946. Late in December of 1946 the streetcars were replaced with gasoline-powered buses and electric trolley buses. Even earlier the PUC had begun operating other transit routes with buses. These routes were called "cross-town lines."

The Kitchener PUC barn was situated opposite the passenger terminal (later Rockway Seniors Centre) at the east end of the street car tracks. In 2018 the car barn property is occupied by the Eastwood Community apartments at 1414 King St. E. and the Rockway Gardens Village apartments at 1420 King St. E.

The car was probably photographed outside the Kitchener Junction terminal building beside King Street East in the Rockway Gardens area. Passengers could transfer on foot here between the street railway system and the Grand River Railway. A suitcase is visible beside some steps and a corner section of a Kitchener Junction station roof is visible. The steps, the roof line and a hydro pole are also visible in a photo of the Kitchener Junction terminal found on the Trainweb.Org website.

A small section of the Kitchener PUC car barn is visible behind the back of the street car. The street car has been identified for the Kitchener Public Library as the No. 36 SED T tram and the date of the photo is given as November 1945.
Notes:
Kitchener-Waterloo Street Railway car 36 (Peter Witt design) was manufactured by the Cincinnati Car Co. of Ohio and initially used in Cleveland.

Four images showing car 36 appear in the 2010 book Ontario's Grand River Valley Electric Railways by John M. Mills, part of which was published earlier as a 1977 book titled, Traction on the Grand: The Story of Electric Railways along Ontario's Grand River Valley.
Inscriptions:
Advertisements are visible on the exterior of the streetcar. One that is legible is for Waterloo Coal Co. Ltd. and includes a company slogan: "You'll like our coal."
Date of Original:
November 1945
Dimensions:
Width: 17.5 cm
Height: 12.5 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 17.25cm
Image Height: 12cm
Subject(s):
Corporate Name(s):
Kitchener-Waterloo Street Railway ; Kitchener Public Utilities Commission ; Kitchener PUC ; Waterloo Coal Company Limited
Local identifier:
P008173
Collection:
Kitchener Public Library
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Kitchener PUC car barn:
    Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4398490026018 Longitude: -80.4657809469604
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Location of Original:
PB2
Terms of Use:
If you would like to obtain a digital or print copy of this image, please see KPL's Photographic Reproduction Policy at http://www.kpl.org/localhistory/photographs
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Kitchener Public Utilities Commission street car no. 36


Black and white image shows a stationary electric streetcar from the fleet of the Kitchener-Waterloo Street Railway transit service, operated by the Kitchener Public Utilities Commission.

The Kitchener Public Utilities Commission operated a transit service in Kitchener and Waterloo from 1927 to 1973. It operated electric street railway cars along King Street in both cities from 1927 to 1946. Late in December of 1946 the streetcars were replaced with gasoline-powered buses and electric trolley buses. Even earlier the PUC had begun operating other transit routes with buses. These routes were called "cross-town lines."

The Kitchener PUC barn was situated opposite the passenger terminal (later Rockway Seniors Centre) at the east end of the street car tracks. In 2018 the car barn property is occupied by the Eastwood Community apartments at 1414 King St. E. and the Rockway Gardens Village apartments at 1420 King St. E.

The car was probably photographed outside the Kitchener Junction terminal building beside King Street East in the Rockway Gardens area. Passengers could transfer on foot here between the street railway system and the Grand River Railway. A suitcase is visible beside some steps and a corner section of a Kitchener Junction station roof is visible. The steps, the roof line and a hydro pole are also visible in a photo of the Kitchener Junction terminal found on the Trainweb.Org website.

A small section of the Kitchener PUC car barn is visible behind the back of the street car. The street car has been identified for the Kitchener Public Library as the No. 36 SED T tram and the date of the photo is given as November 1945.