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 The Burlington Route

The Burlington Route

Start of service: August 4 1949
End of service: December 8 1950
Route: from Kenilworth & Barton to Sanford yard, via Kenilworth, the Burlington Right-Of-Way, Burlington, James, King and Sanford
Antecessor route: Burlington-Westdale Route

On August 4 1949, the Burlington route was created to run from Kenilworth & Barton to Sanford yard, via Kenilworth, the Burlington Right-Of-Way, Burlington, James, King and Sanford. The HSR had requested permission to build a streetcar loop around Gore Park. The City refused this request, requiring the Burlington route to travel east along King to the first available loop, which was Sanford yard itself.

The HSR had originally planned to retire the Burlington route in 1951. However, insufficient electric substation capacity to run both the Burlington route and the new Cannon trolley coach service forced the early closure of the Burlington route on December 8 1950. All streetcar service on Kenilworth north of Barton, on the Burlington ROW, on Burlington and on James north of Barton was abandoned.

Sources

Mills, John M. Cataract Traction; The Railways of Hamilton. Toronto: Upper Canada Railway Society/Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association, 1971

Westland, S. I. "Steel City Traction" Upper Canada Railway Society Newsletter May 1971: pg 69-74