Streetcar #351

Windsor was the first Canadian city with an electric streetcar system. Streetcar #351 served on the fleet of the SW&A (Sandwich, Walkerville and Amherstburg) until the system was dismantled in the late 1930s. The City of Windsor acquired Streetcar #351 in 2017, preserving a piece of Windsor’s history. Streetcar #351 is one of only three streetcars formerly used in Windsor which is still in existence.

Street Car #351

 

 

 

 

City Council approved funding for the restoration of the streetcar, hoping to bring it to its former glory and showcase it so that residents can experience first-hand what early transportation in our city was like. Streetcar #351 was first brought to Windsor from New Jersey, and remained in the area even after retirement.  Streetcar #351 was found in Belle River, where a cottage had been built around it.  Once restored, it will be incorporated into the landscape of Windsor, possibly gracing the riverfront.

The streetcar was built in 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was first used in New Jersey. In Streetcar #3511926, it was purchased along with 19 others for the Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway (SW&A) line and was used in a route to Tecumseh. It had a smoking compartment which was common for the electric streetcars that ran from Windsor to Tecumseh, Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville and Leamington.

Sources:

City staff ask for public input on streetcar restoration during open house. CBC Windsor. Jan 31/18.

You’re invited to a streetcar planning open house. Windsorite.ca. Jan 29/18.

Meeting planned to discuss restoration of historic streetcar. CTV Windsor. Jan 12/18.

Windsor to restore antique streetcar. Radio Canada International. Oct 18/17.

In 7-4 vote, council approves restoring 99-year-old streetcar. The Windsor Star. Oct 17/17.

City to restore historic streetcar. Blackburn News. Oct 17/17.

City Council approves Windsor streetcar restoration, Sandwich Towne arch. CBC.ca. Oct 16/17.

City to restore old street car. Windsorite.ca. Oct 16/17.

Historic streetcar to get $500-$750K restoration. CTV Windsor. Oct 16/17.

Mayor hopes to restore and display century-old streetcar to showcase city’s history. The Windsor Star. Aug 11/17.

Rare Windsor streetcar to be restored. The Windsor Star.  Aug. 10/15