Over the years, the Foundation has been the beneficiary of donations of transit history memorabilia from both corporate and individual contributors, which are stored at a secure location in Hamilton, Ontario. We have current plans to inventory, organize and catalogue these items. Public access to the archives is not available at the present time, but we are hoping to be in a position to provide limited access to these materials at some point in the future.

Future donations of materials having historic Canadian public transit value are welcome in accordance with the Foundation’s Archives Collection Policy. Should you have an interest in helping us to preserve Canada’s transit history, please contact us.

Vehicle Preservation

In cooperation with the Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association, we are helping to restore ex Hamilton Street Railway GMC coach number 517 to operating condition.  517 is a 1957 vintage 35-foot transit bus model TDH-4512 (Transit Diesel Hydraulic, 45 passenger, 12th model) which was purchased by Brampton Transit in 1976 along with 8 others to help with the expansion of their transit service and painted in Brampton colours as units #5736 to 5744.   517 was numbered 5742 in the Brampton fleet, retired in 1985 and donated to the OERHA.  It was repainted into the original Hamilton fleet colours in about 1995 for use in a movie.  Although in generally good physical condition, it’s transmission and a other parts need overhaul.  SN Diesel is providing temporary storage and helping to restore the vehicle.  Donations and assistance with restoration are welcome.

Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation
Fondation canadienne du patrimoine de transport urbain