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Historic TTC Peter Witt streetcar ready to ride the rails

TORONTO, July 17 /CNW/ - Members of the news media are invited to ride along this morning, as the TTC officially introduces its restored Peter Witt streetcar, which was a regular sight on the major streets of Toronto from 1921 to 1963.

The vintage Peter Witt, along with a PCC streetcar (1940s to 1990s) and a modern day CLRV streetcar, will parade from Union Station, along Harbourfront, and north on Spadina Avenue to Spadina Station. A photo op will take place at Charlotte Loop on Spadina Avenue, where the streetcars will stop for 5 minutes.

Peter Witt streetcars were in service for the TTC from October, 1921, until the last cars were phased out in April of 1963. Prior to the Yonge Street subway opening in 1954, Peter Witt cars, along with the newer PCC cars, were a regular sight on Toronto streets, carrying passengers on many routes throughout the city.

“The TTC has taken an important step in restoring this great old streetcar that has meant so much to the people of this City,” said TTC Chair Howard Moscoe. “More than 3 billion riders carried over its 42 years - what a history!”

The Peter Witt streetcar was restored by TTC employees at the D.W. Harvey Shop, located at the TTC’s Hillcrest Yard.

PHOTO OP

WHAT:  First Official ride on the refurbished, historic Peter Witt
       Photo Op at Charlotte Loop

WHO:   TTC Chair Howard Moscoe
       TTC Chief General Manager Rick Ducharme
       City Councillor Joe Mihevc

WHEN:  Thursday, July 17th, 2003, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Union Station, Harbourfront streetcar platform

For further information: Marilyn Bolton, Media Relations,
(416) 393-3741




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