Last Update: January 14, 2017
- From each and everyone of us at the Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation, Happy New Year!!.
- Check out the CUTA Transit Hall of Fame here, as CUTA acknolwedges individuals who have demonstrated exceptional involvement in the promotion and practice of public transit in Canada.
- All CTHF publications are available for purchase online. To access the CTHF E-Store, you may click the link in the menu to the left found on the navigational menu towards the left or you can follow this link.
- A couple of highlights from the December 3rd board meeting:
- 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting and potentially busy year for the Foundation as part of celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. We met with the Canadian Urban Transit Association’s Communications and Public Affairs Committee to propose a joint promotional program between CTHF and CUTA to highlight the contributions made by the public transit industry to Canada’s growth and prosperity over the past 150 years. The idea is to develop a generic advertising artwork that could be used on buses, streetcars, shelters and in terminals as stations illustrating the progress of public transit over the years. Further meetings and discussions will be held in January with the Committee to pursue this idea.
- On the preservation front, a campaign to raise funds for new tires for former Hamilton Street Railway General Motors diesel bus # 517 (a 1957 General Motors model TDH4512), has been successful. The new tires will be installed by Mississauga Bus Coach Truck Repair in January. MBCT will also service the VH transmission and get the bus roadworthy again. Plans are under way to possibly display the bus at a future industry event.
- Soon to be released, our Bulletin editor David Onodera is currently working on his publication The New Look Bus in Canada: A Photographic History. Those familiar with the Bulletin newsletter mailed out by the Foundation, expect to see great material from David. This book will be definitely something worth adding to a book collection. For more information please follow this link. Also check back to see when the books will be available for order.
Photo of the week
Our second example of local initiatives to preserve our Canadian Transit Heritage, comes in the form of a former 1950 Canadian Car & Foundary T48A BC Hydro unit, number 2357. Along with its sister unit BC Hydro2355 (restored as Fort William Transit 45), they have found a home in Thunder Bay. This unit was restored as Port Arthur Public Utilities Commission 204 by the employees and members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 966.
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