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 Canadian Car & Foundry CD-44A (CCL #481-488, 1601-1615 (odd), 1631-1641, 1651-1653, 1661, 1665-1669)

Canadian Car & Foundry CD-44A (CCL #481-488, 1601-1615 (odd), 1631-1641, 1651-1653, 1661, 1665-1669)

A total of 28 CC&F CD-44As were used by the Canada Coach Lines from the early 1950s to the mid 1970s. 1601-1615 were built for the CCL in 1953, but were sold to the HSR in 1955. CCL 1651 was bought in April 1956, and for many years was the only CD-44A on the CCL's roster

Original CCL number New HSR number
1601 481
1603 482
1605 483
1607 484
1609 486
1611 485
1613 487
1615 488

The CCL would not acquire more CD-44As for nearly 15 years, when it purchased a large block of them from the HSR. All of the CD-44As that were former CCL buses came back, but were instead of being renumbered to their original CCL numbers, they kept their HSR numbers.

CCL number HSR number and date bought Notes
481 481 retired before Summer 1972
482 482 retired before Summer 1972
483 483 retired before Summer 1972
484 484 retired before Summer 1972
485 485 retired Sept 27 1971
486 486 retired Oct 16 1971
487 487, 1966 retired between Summer 1972 and Fall 1974
488 488, 1967 retired between Summer 1972 and Fall 1974
1631 401, Aug 15 1968 retired late Fall 1974
1632 402, Aug 27 1968 retired late Fall 1974
1633 411, Sept 13 1968 retired late Fall 1974
1634 407, Sept 25 1968 retired Oct 4 1972
1635 409, Oct 2 1968 retired late Fall 1974
1636 406, Oct 8 1968 retired late Fall 1974
1637 408, Oct 22 1968 retired Sept 6 1972
1638 410, July 7 1969 retired late Fall 1974
1639 403, May 15 1970 retired between Summer 1972 and Fall 1974
1640 404, June 4 1970 retired late Fall 1974
1641 405, June 18 1970 retired late Fall 1974
1652 433, Apr 22 1969 retired between Summer 1972 and Fall 1974
1653 434, July 8 1969 retired between Summer 1972 and Fall 1974
1661 421, Sept 30 1971 retired late Fall 1974
1665 425, Oct 17 1971 retired late Fall 1974
1666 426, Jan 19 1972 retired late Fall 1974
1667 427, Dec 5 1971 retired between Summer 1972 and Fall 1974
1668 428, Feb 2 1972 retired late Fall 1974
1669 429, Jan 3 1972 retired between Summer 1972 and Fall 1974

The last CCL CD-44A, 1651, was retired in March 1978.

Some of the dates for these photos are unknown, and the locations are often just a guess. If you know either date or location, email me!

CCL 1651 at Sanford Yard in 1977

CCL 1651 at Sanford Yard in 1977. This photo is a bit of a mystery. 1651 was the only CCL CD-44A to not pass through the hands of the HSR. So why is it painted in HSR colours, and displaying an HSR rollsign? (Photo by Bob Hussey, used with permission. From Esbdave's Fotki Page)

CCL 1665 on Joseph St near David St in Kitchener on August 4, 1972

CCL 1665 (ex HSR 425) on Joseph St near David St in Kitchener on August 4, 1972 (Photo by John Sutherland, used with permission)

CCL 1669, date & location unknown

CCL 1669 (ex HSR 429), date & location unknown. (Photo from the Edward Viveiros collection, used with permission.)