Final Fate of Radials and HSR Streetcars and Buses
Not all of the transit vehicles in and around Hamilton were scrapped at the end of many years of service. Many had second lives as cabins or sheds, or were sold to other companies to work in additional service.
Hamilton & Dundas Steam Dummies
After the electrification of the H&D in 1898, H&D steam dummies 1-3 were sold to Charles Sturrock, the former H&D superintendent of motive power. 1 & 2 were scrapped in 1900, while 3 was sold to Beck Lumber of Penetanguishene, Ontario. The engine was rebuilt, and it worked until it was retired in 1924. It is currently on display at the Centennial Museum in Penetanguishene.
H&D 4 was sold in 1902 to assist with the construction of the Preston & Berlin radial line. It stayed with that railroad until around 1910, when it was sold to parties unknown. Eventually H&D #4 was bought by the William Milne & Sons Company. It was first used near North Bay at Trout Mills, and later on it went to their operation in Temagami in 1935. Its final fate is unknown.
Additional details on the H&D steam dummies can be found here
Brantford Freight Station
In 1921 the B&H built a Freight Station in Brantford near Alfred St. The freight station was actually constructed out of flat car HTC 148 and an old HRER boxcar.
Brantford & Hamilton #240
In 1923 the B&H built a new radial car, B&H #240 using bits and pieces out of pre-existing radial cars that had been retired or damaged. Cars known to have contributed parts are:
Several HSR streetcars and buses have become part of the HCRR's collection. These include:
After the closure of the radials, several car bodies were purchased and converted into a campground called Radial Village at Hwy 8 & Durham Rd, on the border between Grimsby and Lincoln townships, just west of Beamsville. Seven radial cars were purchased, along with two railroad dining cars from the US. Radial Village survived until the late 1960s, when most of the cars were demolished. Two radial cars remained, but were demolished around 1990.
Only two of the seven cars have been identified, primarily because few photos of Radial Village have come to light. These are:
Aerial photo of Radial Village, July 1934. Durham Rd is in the centre, Green Lane is in the lower right, Hwy 8 is on the left. The seven former Hamilton radial cars have been placed, but the two American railroad dining cars are not present. (Photo courtesy of Google Earth)
A postcard of Radial Village. HTC 604 is the second 'sleeper' from the left, while B&H 240 is the rear of the two cars in use as the gas station office. No postmark on the card, but judging by the cars and trucks it's from the late 1940s or early 1950s.
A postcard of a Radial Village cabin. This is either a former B&H Brill-built, or a HRER/HTC Preston-built radial car. The sign next to the dog reads "Cabins with Running Water Twin Beds Moderate Prices"
Canada Crushed Stone Company
The Canada Crushed Stone Company hauled gravel from a quarry in Flamborough to a rock crusher overlooking Dundas. Here the gravel was crushed and loaded into railway cars for transport. Due to the short distance between the quarry and the crusher, the CCS used electric equipment for its operations. When the radial lines shut down, the CCS purchased several cars for spare parts. However, the former radial self-propelled dump cars were also purchased, and set to work hauling gravel, a role they played until operations shut down in the 1970s. Cars purchased by the CCS are as follows:
Cabins along Cootes Dr
A number of old streetcars were turned into cabins, many of them near Cootes Drive in Dundas. These were virtually all wrecked by a severe rainstorm that caused Spencer Creek to burst its banks and flood the area in the early 1950s. Known cars in this area were:
Reused by HSR
Some streetcars and radial cars were turned into sheds by the HSR in their Sanford Yard. When the cars were scrapped is currently unknown.
Also, at least two of the HSR's Yellow Coach Model X buses were converted into maintenance vehicles after they were retired from regular service, working until at least 1950.
Several streetcars and buses were purchased individually and spent many years in isolated locations. All are considered scrapped unless otherwise stated. These include:
Hints & Rumours
I've heard of a few 'old streetcars' that used to be in places around Hamilton, now long gone. These may have been HSR or Radial cars, they may have been from other electric railways, old passenger cars, or even just sheds that were unusually long & narrow. But I'm putting them up here anyway in the hope that someone can clear up these mysteries.