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Red Rocket on Dundas

Until I saw this photo, I’d completely forgotten about this place.  An old converted streetcar on Dundas just west of Yonge.

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The streetcar was sold complete, trucks and all, and moved to the north side of Dundas Street just west of Yonge during the late evening of July 15, 1973. Unoriginally, it was named Desire, was painted a brilliant red and opened as a boutique. On July 27, 1977 it was removed in preparation for the construction of the Atrium on Bay, and stored at an unknown location in Markham until 1981. Then it was sold again and moved to a lot at Birchmount and Steeles. In 1982, it was sold again and moved to a lot run by the owners of Shy-Low Farms on the west side of Warden Avenue just north of Steeles where it was used as a residence and office. It was repainted, poorly, in pseudo TTC colors but whether in 1981 or 1982 is unknown. The final journey took it to Bathurst and Rutherford in Thornhill (same ownership) in May, 1987 where it sits to this day.

Thanks to John Bromley and Matthew Biemiller for supplying us with pictures and information on PCC 4716.

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6 responses

  1. Raymond Simmons

    I thought that Red Rocket referred to the old TTC Subway cars???

    September 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

  2. Torontonian

    The Ford Hotel was once nicknamed
    the Bay Street Riding Academy.
    That sort of tells you its ultimate purpose

    September 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    • You may be right. The all night Queen streetcar used to be called the Vomit Comet.

      September 20, 2013 at 3:37 am

  3. What sort of riding are you reffering to?

    September 20, 2013 at 3:36 am

  4. Bruce Chown

    Even back in the 1940s and ’50s, my friends and I used the term “Red Rocket” for the old wooden streetcars and the newer PCC cars.


    September 21, 2013 at 4:16 am

  5. Thanks for clearing that up.

    September 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

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