Digging Out

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Streetcars can run in the snow. Toronto, which operates the largest streetcar network in North America, averages 52 inches of snowfall a year—considerably more than Cincinnati.

In the past, many cities attached plows to their streetcars and used them to clear the streets.

Streetcar Snow Plow

The snow and ice are off the roads, but most of the sidewalks Downtown are another story. The plows have pushed large banks of grey snow into two foot high piles that are either frozen solid or complete mush that your foot sinks to the bottom of almost immediately. It isn’t very pleasant to walk even short distances. It would be great to hop on a streetcar right now and avoid trekking through all the muck.

Toronto Streetcar Operating in Snow

Toronto Streetcar Operating in snow/ice


2 thoughts on “Digging Out

    Jason said:
    January 30, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Very Cool photo of the plow! Thanks for sharing!

    Randy Simes said:
    January 31, 2009 at 11:42 am

    That first photo with the plow is amazing. Streetcars work in snow and ice, buses and cars do not.

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