The Wentworth route (I)
Start of service: June 5 1899
With the opening of the Mount Hamilton Incline Railway in 1895 at the end of Wentworth St, there came a large demand for service to and from the base of the inclined railway. On September 14 1898 a bylaw was passed calling for tracks to be laid on Wentworth from King St to a point '150 feet north of the TH&B line'. Tenders were called for the construction of a single-track line on April 4, 1899, and construction began April 17. Track laying was completed by April 27, with the exception of the diamond crossing with the HG&B at Wentworth & Main, which was installed a few days later. The line opened on June 5 1899, and the Wentworth route was created by diverting half of the cars that formerly ran to Main & Sherman, with service every 12 minutes. The Wentworth route ran from the Mount Hamilton Incline Railway at the top of Wentworth to King & James, via Wentworth and King.
With the formation of the Belt Line route in October 1913, the Wentworth route was discontinued. Service on Wentworth was replaced by the Wentworth-Stuart route.
An old postcard showing HSR #22 on the WENTWORTH route and the Mount Hamilton Incline Railway.
The Wentworth route (II)
Start of service: 1930s
At some point during the 1930s, the Wentworth-Burlington route was discontinued. The Wentworth route reappeared, the first time that the HSR would reuse an old route name. The Wentworth route ran from the Mount Hamilton Incline Railway at the top of Wentworth to King & Wentworth. But during rush hours, the route was extended to the Gore St turnback at James & Gore, via Wentworth, King and James. When the inclined railway was closed in 1936, service was cut back to Cumberland Ave, just north of the TH&B’s Wentworth St crossing. The Wentworth route was abandoned on October 11, 1942.
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)
Mills, John M. Cataract Traction; The Railways of Hamilton. Toronto: Upper Canada Railway Society/Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association, 1971
Westland, S. I. "Steel City Traction" Upper Canada Railway Society Newsletter May 1971: pg 69-74