S.W. & A 451 – 1938

July 12, 2013

A neat photo of SW & A Amherstburg Interurban Car # 451.

This picture was taken May 5, 1938, the note on it reads that taken prior to scrapping.

This car was purchased new in 1924 from the Ottawa Car Company and ran until service on the Ameherstburg line converted to buses.

Have a good weekend everyone, see you back here Monday.

11 Responses to S.W. & A 451 – 1938

  1. JBM on July 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Any idea of where this photo was taken? Looks like the scrapping is well underway.

  2. David McLellan on July 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Could the location be southwest of the corner of Elm and Sandwich (now Riverside), approximately where the Windsor Star newsprint warehouse was subsequently built? This would be the same block as the carbarns. The distant scene visible under the car between its trucks reminds me of Detroit viewed through the fence on the north side of Sandwich St.

  3. fausto on July 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    …I love Streetcar Fridays!!!

  4. fausto on July 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    This car likely made regular stops at the post office from the previous post..

  5. Doug Shirk (douglasm) on July 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    According to the Canadian Public Transit Discussion Board, SW&A 451 (along with 453) were the last cars purchased new, and were retired in ’38 as the railway began converting to bus. It would not shock me, it being the depression and all, if the car was scrapped not too long after the wires came down.

    #451 has the look of a Peter Witt car, without the center doors. Wouldn’t doubt if it was a modified PW car (although at 50 feet, it might be a little long). Ottawa Car built a lot of them.

  6. windsorshane on July 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Does anyone have a map of the street car system in Windsor and Essex County at its peak?

  7. Uzzy on July 14, 2013 at 1:03 am

    David McLellan, I think you’re absolutely right. The building to the right of the car, looks exactly like the back of the apartment building on the southwest corner of Riverside and Elm.

  8. Uzzy on July 14, 2013 at 1:05 am

    But it looks like the track might be running more parallel to Elm, and might actually be west of the apartments, so that would put it more like between Elm and the International Gardens. Probably on the site of the Portofino Condos.

  9. Gary on July 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    it would be nice if they could get one of these for that museum I keep hearing the city might eventually build great old photo

  10. Dave on July 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

    One of the worst decisions ever was to replace these lines with buses.

  11. Douglas Skoyles on July 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Although too young for the steetcars, I well remember the tracks left over, particularly along Parent near Tecumseh and at the remains of the old transfer point across from the entrance to Chrysler’s (which in those days was the normal way of referring to that huge plant)on the north side of Tecumseh. I remember putting my foot down between the track and the flange – a much smaller foot than today!

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