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 The Burlington-Westdale Route

The Burlington-Westdale Route

Start of service: May 12 1941
End of service: August 4 1949
Route: from Westdale loop at King & Sterling to Kenilworth & Barton via King, James, Burlington, the Burlington Right-Of-Way and Kenilworth.
Antecessor routes: Westdale-James North Route, Burlington-James South

On May 12 1941, the Westdale-James North and the Burlington-James South routes were merged to form the Burlington-Westdale routes, which ran from Westdale loop at King & Sterling to Kenilworth & Barton via King, James, Burlington, the Burlington Right-Of-Way and Kenilworth.

On August 4 1949 the Burlington-Westdale Route was discontinued as part of the HSR's streetcar abandonment plan. All tracks on King West were abandoned, with the Burlington route taking over the rest of the former route.

Westdale Loop, at the corner of King and Stirling in 1948

Westdale Loop, at the corner of King and Stirling in 1948 (Photographer unknown)

HSR 504 on King St W in the middle of Westdale, August 4th 1949

HSR 504 on King St West in the middle of Westdale, August 4th 1949, the last day of service for streetcars on King St West. (From the Richard Vincent collection, used with permission)

HSR 523 on King St W in the middle of Westdale, July 31 1949

HSR 523 on King St West in the middle of Westdale, July 31 1949, and judging by the sign on the Westdale Theatre, it’s a hot day. (From the Richard Vincent collection, used with permission)

HSR 505 crossing the McKittrick bridge, June 11 1949.

HSR 505 crossing the McKittrick bridge, June 11 1949. The noise made by streetcars crossing this cast-iron bridge was extremely loud, and it was said that it could be heard clearly in Westdale, more than a kilometre to the west. The bridge was later demolished, and is now the site of the King St overpass of Hwy 403. (From the Richard Vincent collection, used with permission)

HSR 530 heading southbound on James St North between King William St and Rebecca St, date unknown.

HSR 530 heading southbound on James St North between King William St and Rebecca St, date unknown. (From Dave’s Electric Railroads, used with permission)

HSR 525 at James St N and Cannon, Dec 12, 1945

HSR 525 at James St N and Cannon, Dec 12, 1945 (From Dave’s Electric Railroads, used with permission)

HSR 500 on the Burlington St Right-Of-Way crossing Beach Rd in 1947.

HSR 500 on the Burlington St Right-Of-Way crossing Beach Rd in 1947. (From the Al Paterson collection, used with permission)

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