Greetings transit buffs! Just giving everyone notice that THE LAST H4 TRAIN will be running tomorrow before being retired. According to Brad Ross of the TTC, the last train will be arriving at Kennedy Station at approximately 7:30 AM and is designated run 64. It will be doing only one trip in the morning before the entire series is retired.
The H4 Series of trains is currently the oldest in the fleet with its orange padded seats, orange doors, brown paneling and of course no air conditioning. Upon receipt of the Toronto Rocket trains in late 2011, the H4 trains have gradually been replaced with the T1 series of trains, sent over from the Yonge-University-Spadina Line.
This is the last opportunity to see such cars in service and for many of us out there it will be dearly missed. As a daily user of the subway, I was always appreciative of the padded seats in the H4 however in the summer the lack of air conditioning and overabundance of heat will not be missed.
Previous H-Series cars have already been retired and some remain as work cars with the TTC including pairs of H1 and H2 cars. The cars were built by the Hawker-Siddely company out of Thunder Bay, Ontario hence the H-series cars.
From the Transit Toronto archives, read more about the history of the H-Series trains by James Bow and Robert Lubinski here.