Someone created a cross-stitched TTC legacy streetcar (PHOTO)

Dec 29 2019, 10:23 am

Forty-two years after first arriving in Toronto, the TTC’s Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) streetcars are making their final run across Toronto on Sunday, December 29.

And to honour the old-fashioned mode of transport, one reddit-user created a cross-stitched commemoration of the 511 Bathurst, vehicle 4110.

Made this in honour of the CLRVs being retired. Thanks for 40 screeching, un-airconditioned, and truly classic years, you beautiful beasts. [511 Bathurst, Vehicle 4110 – both of them!] from r/toronto

According to the creator, emij22, the pattern, found here, was created by a Toronto-based designer named Max.

The first CLRV streetcar arrived on property on December 29, 1977, and entered service on September 30, 1979, on the 507 Long Branch route.

The final CLRV was delivered in 1982.

The TTC said that in total, they purchased 196 CLRV streetcars, supplemented in 1988 by an additional 52 Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRVs), which were nearly double the length of the CLRV. The last of the ALRV fleet was officially retired in September.

This fleet is being replaced by 204 Bombardier low-floor streetcars.

As for getting creative to celebrate the historic streetcars’ final day? User emij22 wrote, “it was a fun way to say goodbye.”