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CORN­WALL, On­tario – In 1949, Les Foulds took one of Corn­wall’s old streetcars through its route for the last time. Al­most 60 years later, Foulds is the last sur­viv­ing Corn­wall street­car driver.

Back then, there was no Corn­wall Tran­sit yet. Be­fore 1971, trans­porta­tion in Corn­wall was man­aged by the Corn­wall Street Rail­way, Light and Power Com­pany, Ltd.

“The old street rail­way was like work­ing with a fam­ily,” the now 98-year-old Foulds re­mem­bered. “They were cold in the win­ter. You usu­ally drove stand­ing up be­cause the po­si­tion of the brak­ing han­dle and the power han­dle.”

There were three street­car routes in Corn­wall at the time, one on Mon­treal Rd., one on Pitt St. and the Belt Line.

Foulds was 27-years-old when he started work­ing for the Corn­wall Street Rail­way com­pany. He was born and grew up in Mor­ris­burg be­fore serv­ing in Eng­land dur­ing World War II as a mem­ber of the ground crew for a night fighter squadron. Af­ter the war, Foulds moved to Mon­treal and worked in a fac­tory for a time, be­fore com­ing to Corn­wall to work in his friend’s den­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness in 1946. Af­ter Vet­eran’s Af­fairs stopped sup­port­ing den­tal work at the end of that year, Foulds was look­ing for a new job and found a place at the Corn­wall Street Rail­way com­pany. Foulds would spend the next 38 years work­ing in tran­sit. Af­ter the streetcars stopped in 1949, Foulds be­gan op­er­at­ing trol­ley buses.

“They were warm in the win­ter,” Foulds re­mem­bered. “The trol­ley bus was a nice ve­hi­cle to drive.”

“When I went into the of­fice, I missed meet­ing the peo­ple,” Foulds said. “I knew a lot of my pas­sen­gers by their first names. I knew when their moth­ers or mother-in-laws came to visit or if their kids were sick. A lot of them are gone now too.”

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(Nick See­bruch/ TC Me­dia).

Les Foulds holds his hat from his time work­ing with the Corn­wall Street Rail­way, Light and Power Com­pany, Lim­ited.

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