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Media Advisory - Vintage bus to represent TTC in 100th Santa Claus Parade

TORONTO, Nov. 18 /CNW/ - The Toronto Transit Commission congratulates the Santa Claus Parade on its Centennial edition. Over the past 100 years, the Santa Claus Parade has brought smiles to the faces of the young and the old, and everyone in between.

And it’s the subway that brings hundreds of thousands to the parade each and every year, as 8 subway stops are located along the parade route. This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Yonge Street subway. Before the subway opened in 1954, it was a TTC streetcar that carried most people to the parade.

To help celebrate the 100th edition of the Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, November 21st, the TTC will showcase a vintage 1946 bus.

Bus 792, on loan to the TTC from the Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association (OERHA), in Milton, will be in the advance party of the parade as it makes its way along Bloor, University, Queen and Church.

The bus was built in 1946, and is one of 18,000 built by the Ford Motor Company following the Second World War. The bus has been painted in the TTC’s post-war colours.

The Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association operates the Halton County Radial Railway, an electric railway and streetcar museum which is located at 13629 Guelph Line, Milton.

The bus will be driven by TTC Operator Glen Franks, who is also a member of the O.E.R.H.A.

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