|Rollsigns from Hamilton, ON
P A G E 1 o f 2 (The Black & White Era)
|The Hamilton Street Railway was originally incorporated on May 15, 1874 and still runs to this
date, although there are virtually no modern day indications that a "street railway" once ran.
In 1899 the HSR became a subsidiary of the Hamilton Cataract, Power, Light and Traction Company,
and later, the Dominion Power and Transmission Company. In April of 1930, Dominion Power was sold
to the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario. From 1944 to 1956, the Hamilton Street Railway
was a subsidiary of Canada Coach Lines. In 1956, the company reorganized and inversely, Canada Coach
became a subsidiary of the HSR. In 1960, both the HSR and CCL were acquired by the City of Hamilton.
The pattern the HSR's signs use is as follows:
The front sign shows the route number and name, the side sign shows the bus's final destination
This linen side destination sign is off
1951 built Canadian Car & Foundry
T48A Brill trolley coach #739. It has no
print date, and has 14 exposures. It
was retrieved from the bus from a
private owner who lives near
Kingston, Ontario, over 325 kilometers
(200 miles) from Hamilton! A photo of
this trolley bus is featured below.
This linen, pre-route number rollsign is off
ex St. Catharines Transit 1968 GMC
T6H-4521 #49, formerly off a 600 series
HSR 35 foot GMC New Look. It has no print
date. It has 33 exposures.
This mylar front route sign is off 1974
GMC T6H-5307N #924. Its print date is
May 8, 1969, and it has 59 exposures.
Its sign tags are shown, below.
This mylar side destination sign is off 1973
GMC T6H-5307N #905. It is dated March 6,
1969, and has 42 exposures.
Its sign tags are shown below.
This mylar front route sign is off 1974 GMC
T6H-5307N #928. It is dated August 24,
1976, and has 66 exposures. Its sign tag
is shown below.
|Hamilton Street Railway Brill trolley coach #739 as it was
discovered, parked on a family's private property, on
Highway 2, about 2km west of Cardinal, Ontario, July 4, 1995.
6943237 HAMILTON ST.
PRODUCT OF TRANSIGN
On left side:
G.M. DIESEL, HAMILTON STREET
On right side:
PRODUCT OF TRANSIGN
|to go to the earliest
Hamilton Street Railway
electronic sign list page.
|DIESEL DIVISION HAMILTON
|Former St. Catharines Transit GMC T6H-4521 (serial #C019) #49,
for some reason housing the pre-route number HSR front linen
directly above, is seen privately owned on a property at the corner of
Waterloo Regional Road 24 and Kossuth Road, north of Cambridge,
Ontario, May 13, 2001. The bus has since been removed for scrap.
This linen side destination sign is off 1957
built GMC TDH-4512 (VIN: 2482) #514. It has
no print date, and has 32 exposures. A photo
of its sign tag is shown below.
This set of mylar rollsigns is off 1978 Flyer E800B trolley coach
#7807. The front route sign (left) is dated June 22, 1978, and has 15
exposures. The side destination sign (right) is dated June 23, 1978
and has 18 exposures. Their print dates likely make these signs the
only ones to occupy this vehicle.
Their respective sign tags are shown below each image.
This mylar side destination sign
is off 1969 GMC T6H-4521 #801.
It is dated April 27, 1977, and has
Its sign tag is shown below.
DIESEL DIV. HAMILTON
4/27/77 TRANSIGN INC.
FLYER IND. HAMILTON
FLYER IND. LTD. HAMILTON
|Retired Hamilton Street Railway Flyer E800B electric trolley buses
#7801 and #7802 (along with Flyer E700 #765) are all seen at the Halton
County Radial Railway Museum on October 25, 1995. #7801 and #7802
are sister coaches of ETB #7807, the bus these rollsigns came from.
They would be displaying signs from the same printing run as these.