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Ottawa's original LRT: 68 years of streetcars in the capital
Ottawa's previous light rail line ran for nearly seven decades, from 1891 to 1959.
Ottawa's new light rail line marks 75 days in service today.
Ottawa's old light rail line ran for 68 years, from 1891 to 1959.
Initially, the streetcars trundled down Bank and Elgin streets, and out to New Edinburgh.
At its peak, the system boasted 90.5 kilometres of track.
The O-Train has 20.5 kilometres, and will soon extend to about 55.
Snow has always been an issue.
Snowy scenes in the 1950s from the CBC archives.
The streetcar had to share the road with other vehicles...
...and occasionally with elephants.
There were parades to mark the good times…
...and one final send-off.
Volunteers are restoring this streetcar as a memento of a bygone era.
Here's a video tribute we made in 1989.
As Ottawa moves into a new generation of light rail, we go back to May 1, 1959, when the city's last trolley rumbled through the streets. 1:35