Peter Witt (Toronto streetcar)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Peter Witt car
The TTC's Peter Witt streetcar 2766 -a.jpg
Car 2766 on the Harbourfront route
ManufacturerCanada Car and Foundry,
Ottawa Car Company,
Preston Car Company
Built atMontreal, Quebec (CC&F),
Ottawa, Ontario (OCC),
Preston, Ontario (PCC)
Entered service1921
Number built575 (350 motors, 225 trailers)
Number preserved10 (2300/95, 2424, 2766/78/86, 2890/94/98, 2984)[1]
SuccessorPCC streetcar
Fleet numbersMotors: 2300–2678, 2700–3018 (even nos.)
Trailers: 2301–2419, 2701–3029 (odd nos.)
CapacitySeated: 58 (Large Witt), 51 (Small Witt), 60 (trailer); 140 (maximum)
Operator(s)Toronto Transportation Commission/Toronto Transit Commission
Weight71,150 lb (32,270 kg)
Traction motors4
Power output4 × 50 hp (37 kW)
Wheels driven8
Track gauge4 ft 10 78 in (1,495 mm) Toronto gauge

The Toronto Transit Commission version of the Peter Witt streetcar was designed by the Cleveland Street Railway in the United States and built under license by Canada Car and Foundry of Montreal. A small number were also built by the Ottawa Car Company and the Preston Car Company. Between 1921 and 1923, 575 of these streetcars were ordered by the TTC for use on Toronto streets.[2]

In early 1928, the TTC modified Peter Witt cars 2500–2522 for radial service on the Lake Simcoe line (former Metropolitan line of the Toronto and York Radial Railway). These cars were fitted with air whistles, large-flange wheels, and flag and marker light brackets. They were mainly used to handle heavy crowds from Glen Echo to Bond Lake. However, on one occasion some of these Peter Witt cars went all the way to Sutton to accommodate an Orangemen's picnic.[3]

The Peter Witts ran on the busiest streetcar routes, and were heavily used until they were replaced by the Yonge and University subway lines. Those still in use were officially retired in 1965.

Although most of the cars were scrapped, number 2766 was retained for historic purposes, and in 2001 the Toronto Transit Commission budgeted $100,000 to have it restored to its original condition. The TTC currently uses it for charters and other related events. It is frequently taken out during events such as Doors Open Toronto.[4]

The shell of car 2500 was found abandoned at Haliburton Scout Reserve.[5] Car 2890 is preserved in operating condition at the Seashore Trolley Museum.[6]


The following Peter Witt classes were used in Toronto:[3]

Fleet numbers Builder Year(s) No. Class Type Retired
1921 1925
2300–2498 (even) CC&F 1921 100 A K Large Witt 1954
2500–2578 (even) CC&F 1921 040 B L-1 Large Witt 1954
2580–2678 (even) Brill 1922 050 C M Large Witt 1954
2700–2798 (even) CC&F 1922–23 050 E P-1 Small Witt (1965)
2800–2898 (even) Ottawa 1923 050 G P-2 Small Witt 1965
2900–3018 (even) CC&F 1923 060 H L-2 Large Witt 1954
2301–2419 (odd) CC&F 1921 060 D N 2-door trailer 1938
2701–3029 (odd) CC&F 1923 165 F Q 3-door (“Harvey”) trailer 1954


  1. ^ "Collection". Halton County Radial Railway. Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Bow, James, The Peter Witts, Transit Toronto, retrieved March 6, 2013
  3. ^ a b Bromley, John F.; May, Jack (1973). 50 Years of Progressive Transit. Electric Railroaders' Association. pp. 39: Streetcars in radial service, 159: Peter Witt Motors & Center Door Trailers. ISBN 9781550024487.
  4. ^ Peter Witt Car Restoration And Operation, Toronto Transit Commission web site, retrieved March 6, 2013
  5. ^
  6. ^ Seashore Trolley Museum Canadian Streetcars, retrieved April 11, 2014