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 The Westdale-James North Route

The Westdale-James North Route

Start of service: 1922
End of service: May 12 1941
Route: from Cline Ave & King to Guise loop at John & Guise via King, James and Guise. Later cut back to Westdale loop at King & Sterling.
Antecessor route: James North & King West Route

In 1922 streetcar tracks were opened on King St West as far as Cline Ave in the new suburb of Westdale. The Westdale-James North Route was created, running from Cline Ave & King to Guise loop at John & Guise via King, James and Guise.

In 1927, Westdale loop was constructed on the northeast corner of King & Stirling. The Westdale-James North Route was cut back from Cline Ave, with Westdale loop as its new western terminus. Planned extensions of streetcar service westwards to McMaster University and on to Dundas never occurred due to the Great Depression.

On May 12 1941, the Westdale-James North was discontinued, replaced by the Burlington-Westdale route. Guise loop and all service on Guise St was abandoned.

Sources

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