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Transit Toronto Streetcar Pages

Feature Photograph

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Take heart, everyone! Spring is coming! TTC A15-class rebuilt PCC #4600 plies its way through the trilliums and the trees in this May 1999 shot. Some of you may remember when this photograph was a featured photograph before, but some of you may not. After all, it has been nearly eighteen years since this photograph was taken.

We are posting it here for two reasons: one, Transit Toronto is approaching its twentieth anniversary, and we thought it would be good to celebrate with this image taken and featured during the early days of the website. The second reason is that this picture is a lot bigger than it was when we originally featured it. In the late 1990s, digital photography was out of the reach of most of us, and scanners were cumbersome, slow and clunky things. In our naiveté, we thought that 640 pixels was sufficient width for digital images on a website. So, the images we placed on the site up until about the year 2001 haven’t dated well.

However, by happy accident, I came upon many of the original photographs in my storeroom, and I had a much better and faster scanner available. Since the beginning of the year, over 300 photographs taken in the late 1990s have been rescanned at resolutions above 3000 pixels wide, an increase from kilobytes to megabytes for each picture. You can see the results on pages like Three Days in the Life of the HCRY, various charter reports and this photo tour of Russell Carhouse. I’ve been contacting some of the other original contributors to this website, to see if they can provide some higher resolution scans as well…

We continue to gather photographs for our photo galleries of the past, the present and the future, and we’ve added a history page of the DAVENPORT streetcar.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to Transit Toronto, whether it be with articles or photographs, maps or track diagrams, feedback or criticism. This site wouldn’t be what it is without the efforts of dedicated transit enthusiasts like yourself. We are grateful for all the support, and we look forward to the future.