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 Canadian Car & Foundry CD-44A (HSR 401-411, 421-434, 481-488)

Canadian Car & Foundry CD-44A (HSR #401-411, 421-434, 481-488)

A total of 33 CC&F CD-44As were used by the HSR from the early 1950s to the mid 1970s. The buses arrived in Hamilton in 3 batches. 401-411, and 421-434 were built for the HSR in 1953 and 1955/56, respectively. 481-488 were originally built for the Canada Coach Lines in 1953, and were sold to the HSR in 1955.

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

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a large number of the HSR’s CD-44As were sold to Canada Coach Lines, as shown below.

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

The remaining 6 HSR CD-44As were retired in spring 1974.

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!

(All photos © Tom Luton, except where noted)

HSR 421 and 427 at Chedoke Golf Course, 1956.

HSR #421 and #427, shown here chartered for a dignitaries’ day of golf at Chedoke Golf Course, 1956. The crowd in front are HSR bus drivers, anyone see a familiar face? (Photo by John Dowling, used with permission)

HSR 427 at Chedoke Golf Course, 1956.

HSR #427 at Chedoke Golf Course, 1956. The two gentlemen in front are both HSR drivers, anyone recognize them? (Photo by John Dowling, used with permission)

HSR 430 at King & Hughson, 1958.

HSR #430 at King & Hughson, 1958. (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives, used with permission)

HSR 431 at York & Locke, 1965.

HSR #431 at York & Locke, 1965. (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives, used with permission)

HSR 434 at Gore Park.

HSR #434 at Gore Park, February 19, 1960. (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, used with permission)

HSR #482 at the Rebecca Street Bus terminal in 1956.

HSR #482 (ex CCL #1603) at the Rebecca Street Bus terminal in 1956. (Photo from mbernero's Flickr page, used with permission.)

HSR #483 at the Rebecca Street Bus terminal in 1956.

HSR #483 (ex CCL #1605) at the Rebecca Street Bus terminal in 1956. (Photo from mbernero's Flickr page, used with permission.)

HSR #484 at Sanford Yard in 1956.

HSR #484 (ex CCL #1607) at Sanford Yard in 1956. (Photo from mbernero's Flickr page, used with permission.)

HSR 486 at King St W & Ogilvie St in Dundas, date unknown.

HSR #486 (ex CCL #1609) at King St W & Ogilvie St in Dundas, date unknown. (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives, used with permission)