|Comments: This series of cars, built around the
time the City & Suburban Ry. was taken over by the Portland Consolidated
Ry., were nicknamed Torontos because they were felt to have been patterned
after Canadian designs (particularly car No. 450). Although they were convertibles,
with removable center section panels, it is thought that none were ever
run as open cars. The layout of these cars also featured the large (smoker)
vestibules favored by Portland Railway Company General Manager F. I. Fuller.
The Torontos, bearing their original numbers of 151-165, went
into service in time to serve the Lewis & Clark Exposition of 1905.
Around 1909 they were assigned to service on the Portland Heights Line,
even though they had only two motors. Within four years additional
motors and magnetic brakes were added, creating a trolley better suited
to work on grades. This hill line identity remained through the last
years,by which time the Tornontos were in use on Arlington Heights, Kings
Heights and Westover Lines.
Retirement: 1936 = 451 & 458; 1938 = 464; 1940 = 462
& 463; 1941 = 452, 459 & 465; 1944 = 453, 455 &461;
1946 = 460; 1948 = 454 & 457.
Series received two additional motors and magnetic brakes in 1912.
No.'s 454-55 & 456-57 were converted to one-man operation in 1927.
No.'s 452-53 & 459 were one-manned in 1928.
When No.'s 452-57 and 459 were remodelled for one-man operation thedoors
into their vestibules were placed closer to the operator.
No.'s 454-57 may have been rebuilt as single compartment cars (withoutclosable
vestibules) in 1927 when the Westover Line was extended to downtown (upgraded
from stub service).
No.' 461 listed as having Brill 27G trucks in 1912 (possibly original?).
No. 464 joined the work car fleet for a few months in 1939 when it wasconverted
into a salt car.