Abandoned TTC street car in woods draws social media attention
By Darren Lum
A photo depicting the rusted out shell of a TTC streetcar in the woods located off Kennaway Road in Haliburton posted on Twitter by Josh Matlow, a Toronto city councillor, on Monday, Aug. 19 caused a minor online stir, garnering close to 1,500 likes within a day.
TTC media relations and issues management specialist, Stuart Green posted to Twitter:
“TTC streetcar 2500, a Peter Witt, built in 1921 and retired in 1954. Likely sold by the scrapper as a body only and then hauled up there for a cottage or cabin ... or as a spectacle.”
However Ken Wrigglesworth, a former Haliburton Scout Reserve staff member, who was part of a research effort behind installing historical kiosks at the Scout Reserve property, had another answer.
Wrigglesworth said notes from 1966 say “the retired Toronto Street Rail Car arrived during the winter of 1955, along the Kennaway Road, a mile or so west of the Scout Reserve, and [was] used by lumber cutting contractors who were supplying the Curry Mill as a dining hall and summer tool shed.”
The Curry Mill was owned by W.R. Curry, whose grandson, Peter confirmed the story about the streetcar being used as a dining car.
Wrigglesworth said the notes came from J.C. Moore, the Scouts Canada field commissioner responsible for locating the property for purchase in 1946. Moore was the camp's Ranger from 1947 until he died in 1973.
These notes were part of the brief history of the Haliburton Scout Reserve, compiled in 1972 for the 25th anniversary of the camp's founding.
The land the streetcar sits on now belongs to Camp Timberlane.