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Ray Madden's Retirement Charter (May 27-28, 2000)

Dundas West Loop

Text by James Bow

Saturday, May 27, 2000 was a special night for Toronto streetcar railfans. Almost two dozen gathered to honour retiring streetcar driver Ray Madden, and the King Night Car which used to be his regular haunt. The venue for this retirement party was, of course, a streetcar, which Ray himself operated throughout Saturday night, returning it to the carhouse along with several satisfied railfans early Sunday morning.

These pictures give you just some idea of the fun attendees had during this charter, as well as the challenges of photographing streetcars in the dark.

Ray Madden Retirement Charter Image Archive

Congratulations to Ray Madden on his retirement and thanks to the Jack Doyle Historical Railroad Society for organizing this excellent retirement party. Many people said, during the charter, that this was one of the best charters they had ever taken.