Scrapping the H-1 Series Car

H-1 car being serviced in the carhouse

H-1 car being serviced in the carhouse.

Text by James Bow, Photos by Aaron Adel, except where noted.

The H-1 series cars aged faster than their older MLW series counterparts. In the late 1980s, while the MLWs were consigned to rush-hour duty, the H-1s continued to provide base service on the Bloor-Danforth subway. When the new T-1 series cars began arriving, the M-1 and the H-1 series cars were retired together. Except for a few which were retained for workcar service, the remainder of H-1 series cars were off TTC property by the year 2000.

This photo essay documents a particular car (5496) being put out to pasture early in 1998.

Close-up of H-1 on loading track

Close-up of H-1 on loading truck.

H-1 on Davisville loading track

H-1 on Davisville loading track.

Close up of the rear exterior of an H-1

Close up of the rear exterior of an H-1.

Dismantled H-1 interior

Dismantled H-1 interior.

Drivers' cab interior with seat removed

Drivers' cab interior with seat removed.

Car interior with seats removed

Car interior with seats removed.

Another shot of the loading track

Another shot of the loading track.

Front interior of 5496

Front interior of 5496.

Front exterior of 5496

Front exterior of 5496.

Side exterior of 5496

Side exterior of 5496.

Drivers' cab of 5496 with wayside phone removed

Drivers' cab of 5496 with wayside phone removed.

H-1 car with front end loader (to push the dead car onto trailer) sitting next to it

H-1 car with front end loader (to push the dead car onto trailer) sitting next to it.

End of the line: TTC track joins tracks mounted on the removal trailer

End of the line: TTC track joins tracks mounted on the removal trailer.