TTC Y-04

 

Y-4, Y-10 and Y-12 - TTC Yard Shunters (1922-1954)

For the first half of the 20th century, the Toronto Railway Company and the Toronto Transportation Commission responded to heavy ridership on certain lines by attaching a trailer to large streetcars, creating two-car trains that plied routes like KINGSTON ROAD and, especially, YONGE. As these trailers were unpowered, there needed to be a way to move these trailers through a carhouse and couple them to streetcars. These powered yard shunters were the answer. Y-4 was built by the TTC in 1922, while Y-10 and Y-12 were built in 1923, to pull trailers through the carhouse and assemble trailer-trains. As trailer use diminished in the early 1950s, and ended outright in 1954, these shunters were no longer needed. This shot by James Victor Salmon, courtesy the Toronto Public Library, shows shunters Y-4, Y-10 and Y-12 being scrapped at George Street yard on March 10, 1953.

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