By Jason Leach
Published August 28, 2007
this blog entry has been updated
An RTH reader forwarded a very insightful report on Hamilton's old electric trolley system to me. Check it out:
In 1980, when I went to work for the HSR, the company's Flyers were the very backbone of its service. Everyday nearly half of the system's passengers rode a trolley to get to work or school or the stores. At quitting time, a trolley silently slipped away from the curb downtown on each of the three electric routes as frequently as once every four minutes. LOADED!
As a driver, I couldn't conceive of handling the crowds any other way ... no diesel in the fleet could begin to compete with the trolley's seamless getaway or match its performance on routes with schedules so tight every second counted. Well over 30 million riders were patronizing the little HSR every year then and were showing no sign of abating. It would have been inconceivable to any driver or passengers alike that anything could change except for the better. But it did.
It sounds like Hamilton hasn't changed much over the past few decades. Sadly, we're all still paying the price for these lousy decisions years later.
To drive the knife in a little further, check out this photo compendium of Hamilton's historic trolley buses.
Update: - The original URL for this article is no longer available, to the link now points to the page on archive.org.
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