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Post-War Innovation 1940s-1970s

photo of the inauguration of bus service 1941After the Second World War, public transit in the Thunder Bay region began to evolve. The expense of maintaining streetcar fleets and track was too much for smaller cities like Fort William and Port Arthur. Combined with the immediate demand for postwar employment, the introduction of the electric trolley and gas buses proved to be the solution to a number of postwar problems people faced at the Lakehead. The switch to bus building allowed companies like Canadian Car and Foundry to remain in business, while at the same time employing hundreds of Thunder Bay residents in need of jobs.  From streetcars to buses, the end of WWII brought major changes to the public transportation systems of the Lakehead, and these changes would only continue as the sister cities expanded to eventually amalgamate.

Photo of a trolley going down Cumberland  The Electric Trolley
 Canadian Car Brill Ornament Canadian Car and Foundry
 Trolley Vs. Gas Bus Study  Trolley Versus Gas Study
 photo of a trolley on route to industrial businesses  Photographs

 

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