Toronto Transit Commission 4200-4251

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Interior view of 4236 from rear to front.

Toronto Transit Commission 4200-4251 are Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRV, L3 Class) designed by the Urban Transportation Development Corporation (UTDC). The first 11 streetcars were largely built at the Can-Car Rail facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They were completed, along with the remaining 41 streetcars, at the UTDC facility in Millhaven, Ontario from 1987 to 1990.

During their prime, the ALRVs were used to provide all day service on route 501 Queen as well as some weekday peak service on routes 504 King and 508 Lake Shore. They also provided service on route 511 Bathurst all Saturday and Sunday in the summer and during events along that line. As their ranks decreased, the cars were confined to service on route 501 Queen, where they ended their careers.

History

ALRV demo 4900 at the Humber Loop while running on TTC's route 501 in November, 1982.

A prototype and demonstrator, numbered 4900, was produced by the Urban Transportation Development Corporation (UTDC) in 1982. Unlike the production cars, 4900 was built with a pantograph, flip-dot destination sign, and hand controls. It was loaned to the TTC for testing from the summer of 1982 to the winter of 1983. After in-service trials, the car was put into storage and eventually returned to UTDC in 1987. The car was later scrapped following an accident at their plant with a production vehicle.

The articulated vehicle proved useful on the TTC's busiest streetcar routes. The Commission ordered 52 ALRVs at a cost of approximately $1.4 million each. The first car, 4200, was delivered on June 11, 1987 and the fleet entered service with car 4204 on the route 507 Long Branch on January 19, 1988.[1]

Modifications & refurbishment

By the early 2000s, the red vinyl seat inserts were replaced with ones covered in synthetic wool. Beginning in 2009, the surface stop announcement system and driver barriers were installed. Throughout 2014, the first three seats on the open side of the streetcar received blue inserts as part of a fleet-wide modification to better denote courtesy seating. The TTC committed to having Presto payment available on all streetcars by the end of 2015. As of June 2015, one car (4221) was fitted with Presto readers as a trial. By September, installation commenced on the remainder of the fleet.

Over the course of five years, beginning in 2008, the ALRVs went through their mid-life overhaul. The first car completed was 4220, which had been sidelined at Harvey Shops three years prior. It was outshopped in April 2010. The cars received new stepwells, an updated instrument panel, new coat of paint, and LED exterior lighting. Only the headlight remained incandescent, however 4240 received an LED headlight with backlit TTC logo as a test.

Retirement

The ALRVs were considerably less reliable than the CLRVs and were phased out first upon deliveries of the [Flexity Outlook] fleet. The ALRVs were expected to retire from 2014 to 2015 as the new low floor streetcars entered service.[2] The first to retire was 4231 in mid 2014. It was stripped of parts for the other ALRVs still in service. After sitting for a period of time at Hillcrest, the car was sent to scrap in May 2015.

Other ALRVs deemed impractical to repair or overhaul followed. The twilight of the ALRV fleet came in 2018: by July of that year, the last unrefurbished unit had been pulled from passenger service. Over the coming months, the service provided by the remaining cars was sporadic and irregular. The last time the cars were used in regularly scheduled service was on January 19, 2019, when cars 4204 and 4230 last ran on the 501 Queen.

Over much of 2019, some attempts were made to repair a few cars for continued service, and cars 4207 and 4221 re-entered service as "run-as-directed" (standby) cars in May. However, after a few days of service, these cars once again vanished from the Toronto streets.

The last run of these cars was on September 2, 2019. Cars 4204 and 4207 were dispatched as extras on route 501, operating on a limited basis between Bathurst Street and the Russell carhouse. Shortly after 5 p.m, car 4204 pulled into Russell carhouse for the final time, bringing an end to 31 years of service.

Cars 4204 and 4207 were selected as historical units, with car 4207 remaining in Toronto, and 4204 being sent to the Halton County Radial Railway in Milton. The remaining cars on property (4221, 4228, 4230, and 4249) to be used as parts donors and then scrapped.

Life extension

As deliveries of the new streetcars fell behind schedule, the TTC considered extending the lives of the ALRVs to make up for the shortfall. The TTC decided to overhaul 30 of the 52 ALRVs for continued service with an option for another 10 depending on funding. The remaining 12 would be parted out for useful parts and scrapped. The first car to be refurbished (4217) was outshopped in October 2015.

The refurbished cars had work done to the body which included corrosion repairs and a new coat of paint. The subfloor was replaced and covered by the same flooring that is used in the refurbished SRT cars. Seats received new inserts, which remain padded. The bogies and motors were rebuilt along with the cars' control system — though the TTC had looked into retrofitting the ALRVs with more up to date IGBT transistors.

By the spring of 2018, 18 ALRVs were refurbished. It should be noted that one car (4239) was involved in a collision shortly after refurbishment and sustained damage serious enough to warrant its retirement. The TTC elected to end the refurbishment program at 20 cars rather than 30 after reliability failed to improve. The final two cars outshopped from the refurbishment programme were 4207 in June, and 4221 in August 2018.


Motor Seating Destination sign
2 x Brown Boveri, 600 V DC 61 Otaco Innovator 850 Rollsign

Details

Fleet
number
Thumbnail Date Serial Status/Disposal Notes
4200 Toronto Transit Commission 4200-a.jpg Retired
2018

Last operated on July 31, 2018 on route 501

  • Refurbished by May 2016.
  • Removed from TTC property on May 9, 2019
4201 Toronto Transit Commission 4201-a.jpg 1987 87-76-1677 Retired
November 2017
4202 Toronto Transit Commission 4202-a.jpg 1987 87-76-1678 Retired
2018

Last operated on May 28, 2018 on route 501

4203 Toronto Transit Commission 4203-b.jpg 1987 87-76-1679 Retired
May 2019

Last operated on June 27, 2018 on route 501

  • Refurbished
  • Removed from TTC property on May 22, 2019
4204 Toronto Transit Commission 4204-a.jpg 1987 87-76-1680 Retired
October 2019

Last operated on September 2, 2019 on route 501

4205 Toronto Transit Commission 4205-a.jpg 1987 87-76-1681 Retired
January 26, 2018
  • Used in official opening of route 509 in 2000
  • Entered life extension program but was cut prior to completion
  • Removed for scrap on April 18, 2018
4206 1988 88-76-1682 Retired
October 2015
4207 Toronto Transit Commission 4207-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1683 Preserved

Last operated on September 2, 2019 on route 501

  • Refurbished by late May/early June 2018
4208 Toronto Transit Commission 4208-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1684 Retired
May 2019
  • Refurbished by November 2015.
  • Removed from TTC property in late May 2019
4209 Toronto Transit Commission 4209-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1685 Retired
November 2017
4210 Toronto Transit Commission 4210-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1686 Retired
2018
  • Refurbished by September 2016.
  • Removed from TTC property on May 13, 2019
4211 Toronto Transit Commission 4211-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1687 Retired
September 2015

Last operated on September 6/7, 2015 on route 501

  • First unit fully constructed at UTDC facility in Millhaven, Ont.
  • Formerly wrapped for the Bahamas
  • Formerly wrapped for Indigo Kids
4212 Toronto Transit Commission 4212-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1688 Retired
January 26, 2018
4213 Toronto Transit Commission 4213 SNKRS XPRESS-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1689 Retired
January 26, 2018
  • Converted to SNKRS XPRESS February 2016 - Mobile Nike shoe store operating on Queen between McCaul and Wolseley (Bathurst) February 11 to 14 for the NBA All-Star Weekend
  • Intended to enter life extension program, but was cut prior to start of refurbishment
  • Removed for scrap on September 6, 2018
4214 Toronto Transit Commission 4214-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1690 Retired
2018

Last operated on June 29, 2018 on route 501

  • Removed from TTC property on May 29, 2019
4215 Toronto Transit Commission 4215-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1691 Retired
March 2019

Last operated on October 1, 2018 on route 501

  • Refurbished by March 2017.
  • Removed from TTC property in May 2019
4216 Toronto Transit Commission 4216-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1692 Retired
2018
4217 Toronto Transit Commission 4217-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1693 Retired
March 2019

Last operated on November 23, 2018 on route 501

  • Refurbished by October 2015.
  • Removed from TTC property in late May 2019
4218 Toronto Transit Commission 4218-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1694 Retired
2018

Last operated on May 20, 2018 on route 501

4219 1988 88-76-1695 Retired
April 2017
  • Intended to enter life extension program, but was cut prior to start of refurbishment
  • Removed for scrap on April 18, 2018
4220 1988 88-76-1696 Retired
January 26, 2018
  • Had TTC logo on centre LED headlight
  • Removed for scrap on September 6, 2018
4221 Toronto Transit Commission 4221-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1697 Retired
2019 - failed air compressor

Last operated on May 16, 2019 on route 501

  • Rear-ended by 4230 on October 31, 2009; repaired by March 2010.
  • Refurbished from November 2016 to August 2018, the final ALRV to be outshopped
  • Removed for scrapping on November 21, 2019
4222 Toronto Transit Commission 4222-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1698 Retired
April 2018
4223 Toronto Transit Commission 4223-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1699 Retired
January 26, 2018
4224 Toronto Transit Commission 4224-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1700 Retired
2018
4225 Toronto Transit Commission 4225-a.jpg Dec 5, 1988 88-76-1701 Retired
2019

Last operated on December 17, 2018 on route 501

  • Refurbished by late 2016.
  • Removed for scrap in June 2019
4226 Toronto Transit Commission 4226-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1702 Retired
2019

Last operated on December 27, 2018 on route 501

  • Refurbished by January 2017.
  • "A" section removed from TTC property on June 12, 2019
4227 Toronto Transit Commission 4227-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1703 Retired
January 26, 2018

Last operated on March 2, 2016

  • Removed from TTC property on May 2, 2018
4228 Toronto Transit Commission 4228-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1704 Retired
2019

Last operated on September 16, 2018 on route 501

  • Refurbished
  • Removed for scrapping on November 21, 2019
4229 Toronto Transit Commission 4229-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1705 Retired
June 2019

Last operated on January 14, 2019 on route 501

  • Refurbished by January 2017.
  • Removed from TTC property on June 8, 2019
4230 Toronto Transit Commission 4230-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1706 Retired
2019

Last operated on January 19, 2019 on route 501

  • Rear-ended 4221 on October 31, 2009; repaired by January 2010.
  • Refurbished
  • Removed for scrapping on November 20, 2019
4231 Toronto Transit Commission 4231-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1707 Retired
Mid 2014

Last operated in December 2013

  • Formerly wrapped for Resident Evil Retribution
  • Used as parts vehicle prior to disposal
  • Removed for scrap week of May 4, 2015
4232 Toronto Transit Commission 4232-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1708 Retired
2018

Last operated on May 16, 2018 on route 501

  • Removed for scrap in early October 2018
4233 Toronto Transit Commission 4233-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1709 Retired
January 26, 2018

Out of service since late 2016

  • Removed for scrap on May 2, 2018
4234 Toronto Transit Commission 4234-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1710 Retired
October 2015
  • Removed from TTC property on December 14, 2015
4235 Toronto Transit Commission 4235-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1711 Retired
early 2018
4236 Toronto Transit Commission 4236-c.jpg 1988 88-76-1712 Retired
June 2019

Last operated on December 14, 2018 on route 501

  • Refurbished by March 2017.
  • Removed from TTC property on June 17, 2019
4237 Toronto Transit Commission 4237-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1713 Retired
2018

Last operated on June 22/23, 2018 on routes 501 and 301

  • Removed from TTC property on May 22, 2019
4238 Toronto Transit Commission 4238-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1714 Retired
January 26, 2018
  • Received an experimental air-conditioning unit in the early 1990s; later removed
  • Formerly wrapped for Bell Let's Talk Day 2015
  • "A" section removed for scrap August 24, 2018, "B" section removed for scrap August 23, 2018
4239 Toronto Transit Commission 4239-a.jpg 1988 88-76-1715 Retired
2018

Last operated in early fall 2017

  • Refurbished in 2017
  • Removed from TTC property in late May 2019
4240 Toronto Transit Commission 4240-b.jpg 1989 89-76-1716 Retired
2018

Last operated in October 2018

  • Refurbished by September 2016.
  • Removed from TTC property on May 15, 2019
4241 Toronto Transit Commission 4241-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1717 Retired
January 26, 2018
  • Intended to enter life extension program, but was cut prior to start of refurbishment
4242 Toronto Transit Commission 4242-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1718 Retired
2018

Last operated in late May or early June 2018

  • Refurbished
  • Removed from TTC property on May 9, 2019
4243 Toronto Transit Commission 4243-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1719 Retired
May 2019

Last operated on August 10, 2018 on route 501

  • Formerly wrapped for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games
  • Refurbished by March 2017.
  • Removed from TTC property on May 17, 2019
4244 Toronto Transit Commission 4244-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1720 Retired
2018
  • Wrapped for Asus in October 2015
  • Removed for scrap on June 20, 2018
4245 Toronto Transit Commission 4245-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1721 Retired
Summer 2018
4246 Toronto Transit Commission 4246-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1722 Retired
2018

Scrapped

4247 Toronto Transit Commission 4247-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1723 Retired
2018
  • Removed from TTC property on May 15, 2019
4248 Toronto Transit Commission 4248-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1724 Retired
July 2016
4249 Toronto Transit Commission 4249-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1725 Retired
2019

Last operated on January 18, 2019 on route 501

  • Refurbished by December 2015.
  • Wrapped for SNKRS XPRESS promotion mid February 2016
  • Removed for scrapping on November 20, 2019
4250 1989 89-76-1726 Retired
June 2015
4251 Toronto Transit Commission 4251-a.jpg 1989 89-76-1727 Retired
2018
  • First ALRV with ad wrap, 2000
  • Removed from TTC property on May 13, 2019

References

  1. Filey, Mike. The TTC Story, The First Seventy-Five Years. Toronto: Dundurn Press Limited, 1996. Print.
  2. New Streetcar Implementation Plan (Report). 24 June 2013. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved on 24 June 2013.
  3. https://twitter.com/TTC146Eminem/status/1186651888659374080?s=20


Toronto Transit Commission active fleet
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Buses
Low Floor Diesel 3100-3369, 7900-7979, 8000-8099, 8100-8219, 8300-8334, 8335-8396, 8400-8504, 8510-8617, 8620-8716, 8720-8964, 9200-9239
Low Floor Hybrid 1000-1149, 1200-1423, 1500-1689, 1700-1829, 3400-3654
Low Floor Articulated 9000-9026, 9027-9152
Low Floor Electric 3700-3724, 3725-3749, 3750-3759
Other TTC1, W100-W209, W210-W214, W215-W300, W500-W519, W520-W579, W580-W627
Rail Vehicles
Streetcars 2766, 4000-4005, 4010-4199, 4207, 4400-4603, 4500, 4549
Rapid Transit 3000-3027, 5000-5371, 5381-6136, 6141-6196, 6200-6275 edit