Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company

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Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company was briefly owned by the Detroit United Railway (one of the predecessors of the present-day Detroit Department of Transportation operations) in the early 1900's and eventually became Transit Windsor on November 1, 1977.

History

[1]

  • Owned by the Detroit United Railway from 31 August 31, 1901 until March 31, 1920.
  • Operated by the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario from April 1, 1920 until September 22, 1934, as the Hydro Electric Railways: Essex District.
  • The SW&A became the sole property of the City of Windsor in 1970 and Lincoln-Trent Management Ltd. operated the system from July 15, 1970 until November 1973.
  • The SW&A became Transit Windsor on November 1, 1977.

Bus Routes

As of March 15th, 1973

  • 1 Ouellette
  • 2 Bruce
  • 3 Riverdale
  • 4 Campbell
  • 5 Ottawa
  • 6 Dominion
  • 7 Crosstown
  • 8 Dougall
  • 9 Erie
  • 10 Highway #2
  • 11 Forest Glade
  • 12 Howard
  • 12A Devonshire (Came later than 1973)
  • 13 Lincoln
  • 14 Lauzon
  • 15 Malden
  • 16 Wellington

1960s

In the 1960s, the SW&A carried approximately 10,328,258 passengers on 14 routes

  • Crosstown
  • Dougall Avenue
  • Erie Street
  • Highway No. 2
  • Lauzon Road
  • Malden Road
  • Howard Avenue
  • Ottawa
  • Pillette
  • St. Mary's Academy
  • Sanatorium
  • Sandwich East
  • Tecumseh-Drouillard
  • Wellington-Campbell

pre-1960s

Once the interurban lines were discontinued in 1938, buses were operated on the routes to Amherstburg (1938-1958, by Sun Parlour Coach Lines) and Tecumseh (1938-1956).

Bus Terminals and Garages

University Avenue Terminal

  • Located on University Avenue just east of Ouellette Avenue.
  • Serviced by 11 routes (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16)

Hickory/Tecumseh Terminal

(also known as the Chrysler Centre)

  • Located at Hickory/Tecumseh roads (Currently the site of Mcdonald's) across the street from the Chrysler Manufacturing plant (hence the name Chrysler Centre)
  • Serviced by 6 routes (1, 5, 10, 11, 13, 14)

London Street Car Barns

Kildare Road Garage

  • Was located at 1570 Kildare Road (where the current GM Transmission plant exists today).
  • The garage opened in 1948 and was closed in 1985. SW&A changed into Transit Windsor in 1977 and used the Kildare Road Garage until moving into the Central garage in 1985.

Tecumseh Garage

  • Located in the town of Tecumseh during the 1950s. Usual complement was 2 buses. So far, that is all the information known.

Interurban routes

As of 1913.[2]

  • Windsor-Sandwich-Amherstburg
  • Windsor-Walkerville-Tecumseh

Streetcar Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Notes
10
  • Locomotive.
  • Retired in 1938.
29
  • Built in St. Louis.
  • Retired in 1926
37 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company streetcar 37-a.jpg
  • Built in St. Louis.
  • After 1919, was converted to a double ended car from a single ended car
44 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company streetcar 44-a.jpg
45 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company rail grinder 45-a.jpg Rail Grinder
50
56 1912 Retired 1938.
90 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company sweeper 90-a.jpg Sweeper.
94 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company overhead maintenance 94-a.jpg Overhead Line Maintenance.
95 Snow Clearance.
101 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company streetcar 101-a.jpg 1902 Interurban.
109
110
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
121
122
197 Retired 1938.
198 Freight Car.
201 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company streetcar 201-a.jpg
212 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company streetcar 212-a.jpg Retired 1938.
301 Retired 1938.
318
364 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company streetcar 364-a.jpg
374
401 Retired 1938.
405
407
419
451 1925 OCC
  • Largest and last streetcars bought by the SW&A. 50" 3' long and carried 52 passengers.
  • Retired 1938.
452 1924 OCC
  • Largest and last streetcars bought by the SW&A. 50" 3' long and carried 52 passengers.
  • Retired 1938.
453 1925 OCC
  • Largest and last streetcars bought by the SW&A. 50" 3' long and carried 52 passengers.
  • Retired 1938.
Workcar
502
507

Bus Roster

As of 1962, the SW&A had 92 buses in service.

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1-30 1938 Ford Transit
1-2 (2nd) 1958 Leyland PD2/3
  • Presently with Aboutown Transportation.
  • Second buses to carry numbers 1 & 2.
  • 58 Passenger capacity.
31-66 1939 Ford Transit
67-71 1940 Ford 09B? Ford 239 cu. in. V8 3-speed Manual
72-90 1941 Ford 29B? Ford 239 cu. in. V8 3-speed Manual
91-141 1942 Ford 29B? Ford 239 cu. in. V8 3-speed Manual
101 (2nd) Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 101-a.jpg 1963 GMDD SDM-4502 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Manual 4-speed
  • Second bus with the number 101, retired as 101
  • Used mainly for charters as it was unsuited for city transit use.
102 (2nd) Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 102-a.jpg 1964 GMDD SDM-5302 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Manual 4-speed
  • Second bus with the number 102, retired as 102
  • Used mainly for charters as it was unsuited for city transit use.
103 (2nd) Renumbered 1815.
142-146 1941 Ford 19B Ford 239 cu. in. V8 3-speed Manual Ex-TTC 770-774; bought December 1942.
147-154 1943 Ford 39B? Ford 239 cu. in. V8 3-speed Manual
155-173 1944 Ford 49B Ford 239 cu. in. V8 3-speed Manual
174-177 1945 Ford 59B Ford 239 cu. in. V8 3-speed Manual
201-210 Twin Coach 34-S Fageol 180 hp (Gasoline) Unknown year.
211-230 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 216-a.jpg 1947 Twin Coach 34-S Fageol 180 hp (Gasoline)
301-310 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company 310-a.jpg 1947 Twin Coach 38-S Fageol (Gasoline)
311-321 1948 Twin Coach 38-S Fageol (Gasoline)
322-329 1948 Twin Coach 38-S Fageol (Gasoline)
330-342 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 339-a.jpg 1949 Twin Coach 38-S Fageol (Gasoline)
343-350 1949 Twin Coach 38-S Fageol (Gasoline)
351-370 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company 351-a.jpg 1950 Twin Coach 38-S Fageol (Gasoline)
401-411 1947 Twin Coach 41-S Fageol (Gasoline)
501-510 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 509-a.jpg 1951 Twin Coach 45-S
601-610 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 608-a.jpg 1954 GMC TDH-4512
701-708 1962 GMDD TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9 703-708 to Transit Windsor 703-708.
709-714 1963 GMDD TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison To Transit Windsor 709-714.
715-716 1964 GMDD TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison To Transit Windsor 715-716.
717-726 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 724-a.jpg 1965 GMDD TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9 To Transit Windsor 717-726.
727-741 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 728-a.jpg 1966 GMDD TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9 To Transit Windsor 727-741.
742-756 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company 747-a.jpg

Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company 752-a.jpg

1967 GMDD TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison To Transit Windsor 757-761.
757-761 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 758-a.jpg 1968 GMDD TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH9 To Transit Windsor 757-761.
762-766 1968 GMDD T6H-4521 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison To Transit Windsor 762-766.
767-770 1969 GMDD T6H-4521 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison To Transit Windsor 767-770.
801-806 Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company bus 806-a.jpg 1971 GMDD T6H-4521 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
807-814 1973 GMDD T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
815-822 1975 GMDD T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison To Transit Windsor 771-778.
900-904 1929 Yellow Coach W-C-331
1815 1966 MCI MC-5A Detroit Diesel 8V71N
  • Ex 103 (2nd); renumbered in November 1976. It was renumbered from 103 to keep in line with the 8XX highway coaches
  • Originally Chatham Coach Lines 6966.
  • To Transit Windsor 1815.
  • Used mainly for charters as it was unsuited for city transit use.
1816-1817 1966 GMC PD-4107 Detroit Diesel 8V71 4-speed Manual

Electric trolleybus Roster

The Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway Company operated trolleybuses from May 5, 1922 to May 1926.

Fleet Numbers Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motor Destination sign Seating Notes
1-4? 1922? St. Louis Car Company 4 units in total; one was the Detroit demonstrator.


References

  1. https://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~wyatt/alltime/windsor-on.html
  2. 1913 Detroit United Railway map, University of Texas archives