Preston Car & Coach Company DEST Streetcars (HSR #404-426, even numbers only)
12 Double-End, Single Truck cars were built by the Preston Car & Coach Company in late 1912 for the HSR. These were the last single truck cars built for the HSR. Six of these cars (404-410, 416, 420) were rebuilt to one-man operation between 1929 and 1934. The rest were scrapped in 1932, while the rebuilt cars lasted until 1948. Afterwards, HSR 404 and 408 were converted into storage sheds for road salt at Sanford Yard.
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!
HSR #404 in the Sanford Yard, date unknown This car served as a training car when it was rebuilt in 1927 to simulate the controls of the new NSC cars, to give drivers some experience with the new equipment.(From Dave’s Electric Railroads.)
HSR #406 has been halted by a World War 1 military parade on James St North just south of Barton, date unknown. (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives, used with permission)
HSR #406 on York St at James St, next to City Hall. Date unknown, but behind the streetcar is the south end of the Market Hall that burned in 1917, so within a couple of years on either side of 1915.
HSR #408 on Wentworth St at King, Sept 1942. The streetcar is facing the wrong way because the motorman has just swung the pole around, and is about to head back down the single track along Wentworth (From the Richard Vincent collection, used with permission)
HSR #408 in the Sanford Yard in the late 1940s. It appears that it has already been used as a storage shed, but hasn't yet been fully converted (i.e. windows not boarded up) into a storage shed for road salt. (From Dave’s Electric Railroads.)
HSR #414, date and location unknown.
Body of HSR #416 alongside Cootes Drive just east of Thorpe St in Dundas, 1947. Several streetcars were turned into cabins in this area, but most were wrecked when a severe storm in the early 1950s caused Spencer Creek to flood. (From the Richard Vincent collection, used with permission)
On March 18, 1916 a large military parade was held in Downtown Hamilton. This parade blocked streetcar traffic, resulting in delays. In the background of this photo are streetcars waiting for the parade to clear. From left to right are HSR #418, #411, #420, and another Ottawa-built streetcar. (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives, used with permission)
HSR #420 at the Hamilton & Barton Inclined Railway on James St South, date unknown. (From the Stephen M. Scalzo collection, used with permission)
HSR #424 turning from James onto King West during the Hamilton Centennial in August 1913 (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives, used with permission)
HSR #424 slowly works its way through the crowd at the unveiling of Hamilton's cenotaph at Gore park on May 22, 1923. (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives, used with permission)
Mills, John M. Cataract Traction; The Railways of Hamilton. Toronto: Upper Canada Railway Society/Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association, 1971