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 Flyer Industries Ltd. E-700A (HSR # 751-790)

Flyer Industries Ltd. E-700A (HSR # 751-790)

The E-700As formed the backbone of the HSR’s trolley bus fleet during the 1970’s and 80’s. The first new trolleys in over 20 years, the E-700A’s were the first to wear the HSR’s Yellow and Black ‘Ticat’ scheme, named after the Hamilton football team.

As a prelude to the new trolley buses, TTC 9213 (also an E700A) made a 10 day visit to Hamilton starting on March 23, 1972. The first batch of E700As (751-768) began arriving in November 1972 and some were shown off to the public at City Hall on November 29, 1972. The rest of the first batch arrived by June 1973, with the second batch, 769-790, delivered by the end of 1974.

The vehicles were completely rebuilt in 1982 & 83, using reconditioned electrical equipment from the retired T-48s and T-48As, as well as from some Thunder Bay trolley buses. The last E-700As were retired and scrapped by 1989. However, one of these buses, number 765, survives as part of the collection of the Halton County Radial Railway

Tom's North American Trolley Bus Pictures has a large number of HSR trolley bus pictures, well worth a look.

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 753, 775, and a few other E-700As at Sanford Yard

HSR #753, #775, and a few other E-700As at Sanford Yard sometime in the 1970s (Photo by J. D. Morgan)

HSR #756 at Barton & Emerald, May 1974.

HSR #756 at Barton & Emerald, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR #756 at Barton & Wentworth, May 1974.

HSR #756 at Barton & Wentworth, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR #756 at Barton & Avondale, May 1974.

HSR #756 at Barton & Avondale, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR #756 at Barton & Harmony, May 1974.

HSR #756 at Barton & Harmony, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR 756 at Main & MacNab, September 1975

HSR #756 at Main & MacNab, September 1975 (By Joseph Testagrose, used with permission)

HSR 760 at Eastgate Square, November 25 1986.

HSR #760 at Eastgate Square, November 25 1986. (Photo by Ted Wickson, used with permission)

HSR 765 on display at the Halton Radial Railway Museum

HSR #765 on display at the Halton Radial Railway Museum, August 25, 2002.

HSR 767 at Hughson & King William, May 1974.

HSR #767 at Hughson & King William, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR 768 entering Bell Manor loop, May 1974.

HSR #768 entering Bell Manor loop, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR 769 at Sanford Yard

HSR #769 at Sanford Yard, date unknown (Photo by Joseph Testagrose, used with permission)

HSR 772 at James & Cannon, May 1974.

HSR #772 at James & Cannon, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR 773 at Strathearne & Roxborough, May 1974.

HSR #773 at Strathearne & Roxborough, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

Front end of HSR 775

Many University students over the years have taken the bus to get to the bar, but it’s a little unusual to find a bus IN a bar! This is the front end of HSR #775, now in Quarters Bar & Grill at McMaster University, Sept 2, 2003. If you take a peek behind the counter, the old fare sign is still above the left side window

HSR 775 at the MacNab Terminal, June 1 1974.

HSR #775 at the MacNab Terminal, June 1 1974. (Photo by Ted Wickson, used with permission)

HSR #776 at King & Hughson, May 1974.

HSR #776 at King & Hughson, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR 778 at King & James, June 1 1974.

HSR #778 at King & James, June 1 1974. (Photo by Ted Wickson, used with permission)

HSR 780 on Main St east of Catharine, May 1974

HSR #780 on Main St east of Catharine, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR 780 on King St passing Sanford Garage, May 1974.

HSR #780 on King St passing Sanford Garage, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR 781 on the 2 Barton Route.

HSR #781 on the 2 Barton Route at Melvin & Glennie, date unknown. (From Dave’s Electric Railroads.)

HSR 783 at the MacNab Terminal, May 1974.

HSR #783 at the MacNab Terminal, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR 783 at King & Hughson, June 1 1974.

HSR #783 at King & Hughson, June 1 1974. (Photo by Ted Wickson, used with permission)

HSR 784 at Bell Manor Loop.

HSR #784 at Bell Manor Loop, date unknown (From Dave’s Electric Railroads.)

HSR 784 at Roxborough and Adair, June 1 1974

HSR #784 at Roxborough and Adair, June 1 1974. (Photo by Ted Wickson, used with permission)

HSR 784 on Beland between Roxborough and Dunsmure, June 1 1974.

HSR #784 on Beland between Roxborough and Dunsmure, June 1 1974. (Photo by Ted Wickson, used with permission)

HSR 785 heading west on Barton, near Bell Manor Loop.

HSR #785 heading west on Barton, near Bell Manor Loop, Date unknown. (From Dave’s Electric Railroads.)

HSR #786 and HSR #807 on Reid north of Queenston, May 1974.

HSR #786 and HSR #807 on Reid north of Queenston, May 1974. (Photo by Mitchell Libby, used with permission.)

HSR 786 on the 3 Cannon route, at John and Wilson, Date unknown

HSR #786 on the 3 Cannon route, at John and Wilson, Date unknown (From Dave’s Electric Railroads.)

HSR 788 at Donn Loop, November 10 1978.

HSR #788 at Donn Loop, November 10 1978. (Photo by Ted Wickson, used with permission)

HSR 789 on the 2 Barton route at Walter St and Barton

HSR #789 on the 2 Barton route at Walter St and Barton, Date unknown (From Dave’s Electric Railroads.)

HSR 790 at Donn Loop, March 1 1980

HSR #790 at Donn Loop, March 1 1980. The houses in the background are on Highridge Ave, just west of Isle St. (Photo by Ted Wickson, used with permission)

An unknown E-700A heading west on Barton, near Bell Manor Loop.

An unknown E-700A heading west on Barton, near Bell Manor Loop, Date unknown. (From Dave’s Electric Railroads.)