Monday, October 9, 2017

Halton Radial Museum 2017

              Today's blog post is a 2 in 1 blog post today and I want to first of all talk about the Halton Radial Museum. We paid for our ticket for our time at the museum and we had to wait for our lunch as they were warming up more wieners for us... So we ended up going to peak from the opening of the maintenance when one of the volunteers invited us in to take a peak. Saw a old Diesel that is being fixed up and will be static which means it will not be used for the line for rides. Also a TTC Service vehicle was in the maintenance barn and I don't think it was there for repairs, just there in case they need it as it looked in great condition.
Next it had the # 4 London and Port Stanley just like # 8 which that one was built in 1915.  One of the big projects they were working on was a TTC # 416 which was a cottage like streetcar built in 1923. We then got 2424 which is a Peter Witt built in 1921 and was in a movie, now do not ask me what movie, because I do not have a complete clue. Originally had wooden seats, wood replaced on the frame of the streetcar. This also had a coal stove at one point back in the day and now has electrical heating under the seats. The following cars I believe are able to run or close to be running, 4611 (PCC), 327 (Outdoor Streetcar), 2984 (Needs repairs) Also the plow which I know runs in the winter season, 4000 the presidents conference car , 497, a bus I think if I am correct, 23 outdoor car, 792 Ford bus and the list goes on and on, including the 2 original streetcars 1326 & 55 streetcars and I believe I was on 1326 when we first started going there way back in the mid 2000's maybe earlier then that. Also our local work car that use to run up and down the line here back in the 50's and 60's # 45 that did the wiring for streetcars was on the railway. There was 5098 - 5099 Gloucester cars from England 1953 and 5300 - 5301 Hawker Siddley built in 1962 and trust me I have and probably been on these two trains in the 90's at some point of my life growing up. 

                I had ice cream on the second trip out on the 2424 once again and was an ice cream I have never tried in my life time Peanut Butter and Chocolate which honestly was sooo good and I really did enjoy it! I actually would have it again in the future and who thought peanut butter and chocolate would really mesh together but I actually did enjoy it and think it was fairly new on the 4618 a PCC Streetcar which is now converted as a Ice Cream shop with a majority of the seats still in so you can sit down. Afterwards we went to the frog pond which there was no frogs visible but there are frogs when they are in mating season but had to take a picture of myself up on the rock with the sign behind me of course and I took a picture of myself last year at the exact same spot last fall on the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend.

We then got onto the 4600 PCC Streetcar which suddenly replaced the other Peter Witt Streetcar and went back to were we started. We got onto the # 8 Streetcar which is another London and Port Stanley Streetcar built in 1915, which this streetcar is now 102 years old and was shipped in parts just like 4618 was which was neat, it had something to do with they couldn't ship it fully built due to taxes apparently. So that was my day and I apologize for the lengthy post and I will talk about Canadian Thanksgiving on top of the South Simcoe Railway post later on and I'm sorry its 2 days late as I got home and I was really tired to do a post and I procrastinated too long to post but back up on schedule for today and the podcast is caught up so today is going to be a great day and a great day for another blog post! 


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