Rollsigns from Kingston, ON
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Transit in Kingston and area began with the Kingston Street Railway Company on May 9, 1877. With name
changes in 1893 and 1895 it operated until March 4, 1930, when a serious carbarn fire resulted in the
discontinuing of streetcar service, and the suspension of transit service for several months. A temporary
reorganization was undertaken to compensate for the lack of regular service. Later on in 1930, the Kingston
City Coach Company, operated by Colonial Coach Lines, was created to reinstate service. It ran until July of
1962 when the now Kingston Area Transit took over, continuing to this day.

Kingston City Transit's sister system, Kingston Township Transit operated "regional" services to Kingston
Township, Ernestown Township and Pittsburgh Township. It merged with city services late in 1999.
This rather rare linen side route
sign was retrieved off of 1976
built
GMC T6H-4523N #7655.
It's print date is August 8, 1962.
It has 21 exposures. The sign
predates the bus it was on by
14 years! A YouTube video of
this sign can be viewed below.
This mylar front route name sign is
off of 1975 built GMC T6H-4523N
#7550. It has no print date, and has
21 exposures. For some reason,
the "Division" and "Kingscourt"
exposures
were blacked out, then
added
back on to the sign later.
This mylar side route name
sign is off of 1975 built GMC
T6H-4523N #7552. Its print
date is November 4, 1975,
making this one of, if not, the
first side sign to be on this
bus. It has 19 exposures
This mylar side route sign is off
of
1976 built GMC T6H-4523N
#7656. It is dated August 10,
1983, and has 24 exposures.
"Bayridge" and "Collins Bay"
were later add-ons.
Its sign tag is shown below.
This mylar front route name sign is off of
1975 built GMC T6H-4523N #7552. Its
print date is March 8, 1977, and has 25
exposures. Again, the "Division" and
"Kingscourt" exposures were blacked out,
then added back on later. The hand-drawn
"#/17" exposure is a nice touch too!
This mylar front route sign is off
of
1975 built GMC T6H-4523N
#7554. It is dated October 29,
1984, and has 26 exposures.
Its sign tag is shown below.
This mylar front route sign is off of 1975
built
GMC T6H-4523N #7549. It is dated
September 25, 1985, and has 27
exposures.
Its sign tag is shown below.

The i
ntroduction of route numbers with the
route names
was random: Routes 1, 1A, 5
and 6 were later add-ons, using sticky vinyl.
Retired Kingston Transit GMC #7549 (left) and #7655 are stored at
McAdoo's salvage yard, 1338 McAdoo Rd, in northern Kingston,
Ontario on December 15, 1997. Bus #7655 was the vehicle the side
linen was recovered from (the sign in the YouTube video), while
#7549 was the host vehicle for the far left rollsign on this page.
The buses at this yard have long since been scrapped out.
Kingston Transit GMC
#7549 while it was still
in service, is seen at
the Kingston Transit
Yard on June 29, 1995.
At this time, bus #7549
was the oldest in the
fleet. It was the host
vehicle for the last
sign on this page
(above right), and can
be seen in the bus in
this photograph.
ONTARIO BUS IND.-KINGSTON
P.O. 38905
P/N D1825MA  SIDE
8/10/83  TRANSIGN
KINGSTON TRANSIT
P.O. 04502
647534
SINGLE FRONT
10-29-84 TRANSIGN
DIESEL DIV.-KINGSTON
P.O.NO.N30263CQ
NO.10534377 FRONT M-385
9/25/85  TRANSIGN
KINGSTON
P.O.NO.44930
No.6942627
3/8/77 TRANSIGN
DIESEL DIV. KINGSTON
P.O.E-5784-C
NO.6942634
11/4/75 TRANSIGN
SGL.SIDE
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