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Kitchener Public Utilities Commission trolley buses at car barn


Description
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Photographs
Description:
Black-and-white photograph shows three Kitchener Public Utilities Commission trolley buses empty and parked outside the commission's "car barn" on King Street East, Kitchener in the Rockway Gardens area. One bus has a rooftop sign advertising a local business, Butler Insurance Ltd. Another sign visible on the side of one bus advertises Mountain Dew soft drink.
Notes:
The Kitchener Public Utilities Commission operated a transit service in Kitchener and Waterloo from 1927 to 1973. Electric trolley buses (coaches) replaced street cars along King Street on January 1, 1947. The PUC barn in the Rockway Gardens area on the north side of King Street East was opposite the passenger terminal building on the south side of King Street East.

The City of Waterloo purchased transit service for that city from the Kitchener PUC. The use of trolley buses was discontinued in the spring of 1973. At the same time, Kitchener Transit was created, replacing the Kitchener PUC transit division. The trolley buses were shipped by train to BC Hydro for spare parts and replaced by General Motors diesel buses.

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 use of electric trolley buses in Kitchener and Waterloo is described in a story found online at the trainweb.org website. It says trolley No. 107 was a model Brill T44, one of ten the Kitchener PUC purchased from the Canadian Car and Foundry Company.
Inscriptions:
The words "waiting till rush hour" have been written on the back of the photo.
Date of Original:
1960
Dimensions:
Width: 17.7 cm
Height: 12.6 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 17.3cm
Image Height: 12.3cm
Subject(s):
Corporate Name(s):
Kitchener Public Utilities Commission ; Kitchener PUC Street railway depot and "car barn" at 1402 King St. E., Kitchener.
Local identifier:
P008176
Collection:
Kitchener Public Library
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4401216579966 Longitude: -80.4663066599273
Copyright Statement:
Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Date:
1960
Copyright Holder Contact Information:
Contact the Kitchener Public Library, at the email address below, for more information.
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 trolley buses at car barn


Black-and-white photograph shows three Kitchener Public Utilities Commission trolley buses empty and parked outside the commission's "car barn" on King Street East, Kitchener in the Rockway Gardens area. One bus has a rooftop sign advertising a local business, Butler Insurance Ltd. Another sign visible on the side of one bus advertises Mountain Dew soft drink.