Toronto Transit Commission 5000-5105, 5110-5115, 5200-5227

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Interior layout of the TTC's G-class subway cars.

Toronto Transit Commission 5000-5105, 5110-5115, 5200-5227, collectively known as the G-class subway cars, were built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company. They were the first cars built for Toronto's subway system, for service on the Yonge subway line (Canada's first subway).

Impressed with Gloucester's bid, in particular costs and strict delivery timeline assurance, the TTC entered into a contract with the manufacturer. The first order, classified as G1 cars, were built from 1953 to 1954. The first two cars made up part of an exhibit at the 1953 Canadian National Exhibition that showcased the city's soon-to-open subway system. More cars were soon delivered and participated in a number of test runs before first entering revenue service on March 30, 1954.

Initially, the cars were semi-perminately coupled in mated pairs, as per the TTC's current practice. All the cars were 57 feet long and built with steel bodies. They had, however, proven to be greatly over weight estimations. The TTC, requested the final four cars of the order be constructed of aluminum in an effort to reduce the weight of the cars. This is the first known usage of aluminum as a structural material for a subway car. To make up a regular six-car train, the TTC ordered two more aluminum cars. These cars were classified as G2 cars.

As ridership grew, the TTC ordered 34 more cars to expand the existing fleet. Classified as G3 cars, they were not equipped with driving controls in their cabs (non-driving motor cars) to save weight and cost. They were semi-permanently coupled with correspondingly numbered G1 cars which had driving controls (for example: 5000-5201-5200-5001) in 4-unit sets. The G3 cars were also equipped with aluminum roofs to help further reduce weight.

It was opted to fit the last six cars of the G3 order with regenerative braking/dynamic braking equipment to test out its benefits. The six cars, classified as G4 cars, were designed as a a semi-permanently coupled set with regenerative braking, higher-rated motors and other unique equipment, with 5110/5115 (which were delivered as 5228/5229) having operating cabs and 5111-5114 built as non-driving motor cars. The cars were converted to "normal" configurations (equipment removed) and split up in 1966/67. The non-driving motors were used to form two four-car sets with G1s, while 5110/5115 became a married pair.

The fleet of Gloucester cars were rebuilt in from 1966 to 1973 at Greenwood Shops. They lasted in service until the Can-Car Rail H6 cars entered service in 1988 and 1989, displacing them. The last set made its final run on October 26, 1990. Four sets of cars (including three aluminum G2 sets) were converted for work train service, being retired almost two decades later. Most retired cars were scrapped by early 1991.

Fleet numbers from this retired series were reused for the new Bombardier T1 subway cars delivered in 1996-1998.

Car Orders Built Type/Class Motor Seating Destination Sign
5000-5099 1951-1953 G1 Rollsign
5100-5105 1954 G2 Rollsign
5200-5227 1956 G3 Rollsign
5110-5115 1958-1959 G4 Rollsign


G1 Details

Fleet Number Thumbnail Date Serial Division Status/Disposal Notes
5000 Retired
5001 Retired
5002 Retired
5003 Retired
5004
Retired 1963

Destroyed in train fire (03/27/1963), scrapped by fall 1963.

5005
Retired 1963

Destroyed in train fire (03/27/1963), scrapped by fall 1963.

5006 Retired
5007 Retired
5008 Retired
5009 Toronto Transit Commission 5009-a.jpg Retired
5010 Retired
5011 Retired
5012 Retired
5013 Retired
5014 Retired
5015 Retired
5016 Retired
5017 Retired
5018 Retired
5019 Retired
5020 Retired
5021 Retired
5022 Retired
5023 Retired
5024 Retired
5025 Retired
5026 Retired
5027 Retired
5028 Retired
5029 Retired
5030 Retired
5031 Retired
5032 Retired
5033 Retired Lost cab driving controls in 1967, became set 5032-5033-5034-5035.
5034 Retired Lost cab driving controls in 1967, became set 5032-5033-5034-5035.
5035 Retired
5036 Retired
5037 Retired
5038 Retired
5039 Retired
5040 Retired
5041 Retired
5042 Retired
5043 Retired
5044 Retired
5045 Retired
5046 Retired
5047 Retired
5048 Retired
5049 Retired
5050 Retired
5051 Retired
5052 Retired
5053 Retired
5054 Retired
5055 Retired
5056 Retired Retrofitted with light yellow interior wall panels to brighten the interior.
5057 Retired
5058
Retired 1963

Destroyed in train fire (03/27/1963), scrapped by fall 1963.

5059
Retired 1963

Destroyed in train fire (03/27/1963), scrapped by fall 1963.

5060 Retired
5061 Retired
5062 Retired
5063 Retired
5064 Retired
5065 Retired
5066
Retired

  • Held for future conversion to work train cars, but were not converted.
  • Removed from Wilson and trucked to scrap in April 1996
5067
Retired

  • Held for future conversion to work train cars, but were not converted.
  • Removed from Wilson and trucked to scrap in April 1996
5068
Retired

  • Converted to work car RT-36(:2) for rail grinder service (1991)
  • Since retired (2008), listed for disposal (12/2009)
5069
Retired

  • Converted to work car RT-37(:2) for rail grinder service (1991)
  • Since retired (2004)
5070 Retired
5071 Retired
5072 Retired
5073 Retired
5074
Retired

  • Held for future conversion to work train cars, but were not converted.
  • Removed from Wilson and trucked to scrap in April 1996
5075
Retired

  • Held for future conversion to work train cars, but were not converted.
  • Removed from Wilson and trucked to scrap in April 1996
5076 Retired
5077 Retired
5078 Retired
5079 Retired
5080 Retired Damaged in vandal related fire, repaired and equipped with florescent lighting (4/1967).
5081 Retired Equipped with florescent lighting (4/1967).
5082 Retired
5083 Retired
5084 Retired
5085 Retired
5086 Retired
5087 Retired
5088 Retired
5089 Retired
5090 Retired
5091 Retired
5092 Retired
5093 Retired
5094 Retired
5095 Retired
5096 Retired
5097 Retired
5098
Retired

Was one of the cars on Canada's first revenue subway train (03/30/1954).
5099
Retired

Was the lead car on Canada's first revenue subway train (03/30/1954).

G2 Details

Fleet Number Thumbnail Date Serial Division Status/Disposal Notes
5100
Retired

  • Converted to work car RT-38(:1) for garbage train service (1987).
  • Since retired (1997)
5101
Retired

  • Converted to work car RT-39(:1) for garbage train service (1987).
  • Since retired (1997)
5102
Retired

  • Converted to work car RT-34 for rail grinder service (1988)
  • Since retired (2004)
5103
Retired

  • Converted to work car RT-35 for rail grinder service (1988)
  • Since retired (2008), listed for disposal (12/2009)
5104
Retired

  • Converted to work car RT-36(:1) (1988), renumbered RT-14(:2) for tunnel washer (1989)
  • Since retired (1999)
5105
Retired

  • Converted to work car RT-37(:1) (1988), renumbered RT-15(:2) for tunnel washer (1989)
  • Since retired (1999)

G3 Details

Fleet Number Thumbnail Date Serial Division Status/Disposal Notes
5200 Retired
5201 Retired
5202 Retired
5203 Retired
5204
Retired 1963

Destroyed in train fire (03/27/1963), scrapped by fall 1963.

5205
Retired 1963

Destroyed in train fire (03/27/1963), scrapped by fall 1963.

5206 Retired
5207 Retired
5208 Retired
5209 Retired
5210 Retired
5211 Retired
5212 Retired
5213 Retired
5214 Retired
5215 Retired
5216 Retired
5217 Retired
5218 Retired
5219 Retired
5220 Retired
5221 Retired
5222 Retired
5223 Retired
5224 Retired
5225 Retired
5226 Retired
5227 Retired

G4 Details

Fleet Number Thumbnail Date Serial Division Status/Disposal Notes
5110 Retired
  • Delivered as 5228.
  • Driving motor car.
  • Later mated to 5115.
5111 Retired
  • Non-driving motor car.
  • Later remarshalled as 4-car set 5030-5111-5114-5031.
5112 Retired
  • Non-driving motor car.
  • Later remarshalled as 4-car set 5028-5113-5112-5029.
5113 Retired
  • Non-driving motor car.
  • Later remarshalled as 4-car set 5028-5113-5112-5029.
5114 Retired
  • Non-driving motor car.
  • Later remarshalled as 4-car set 5030-5111-5114-5031.
5115 Retired
  • Delivered as 5229.
  • Driving motor car.
  • Later mated to 5110.

References

  • [1] Transit Toronto "The Gloucester Series Cars", retrieved on 2010-10-17.
  • Bytown Railway Society (2007), "Canadian Trackside Guide 2007". Ottawa, ON: St. Joseph Print.
  • Personal observations, CPTDB postings.