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Todd's Railfan Guide to
Toronto's
Streetcar and Heavy Rail Systems

 

In General
Map
Pictures
Signals and Signs
Floobydust
 

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In General

Time.  That's what you need plenty of when you come to Toronto.  IF you are a transit fan, you will not want to leave.  If you are not a transit fan, shame on you!

One of the more interesting facts about the transit system in Toronto is the gauge, it is not standard gauge - it's slightly wider at 4'-10 7/8".

The TTC (Toronto Transit Commision) took over from the Toronto Street Railway Company on September the 21st, 1921.

Aerial shots are from http://www.bing/maps and taken with Snag-it

  The streetcar lines.

  The subway lines.


Map

The above map is available here as a PDF


Pictures

These pictures were taken in September of 2006, on a day visit from Buffalo, hardly enough time to do much of any serious railfanning, considering we stopped at the Radial Railway Museum and Hamilton on the trip too.

                 
Shots from along King St in the CBD (central business district).

   
510 line #4085 turning off of Charlotte St onto King.


Bridge on Bathurst St at Front St, going over the GO/VIA/CN tracks.  On the other side of the RR tracks is Fort York National Historic Site.  Along Front Street, you have one of the GO coach yards, with plenty of searchlight signals to take pictures of!


Loop at the western end of the 506 line at Parkside and Howard Park Ave, which the trolley runs on coming to/from Dundas St W.

 


The shops off of The Queensway, where both King St and Queen St come together and end on the west side of town.

           


Signals and Signs

  This was the only bonafide streetcar signal I saw all day, and no, I did not set up the shot :-)

           


Floobydust

      Trackwork on King St.

        Wirework.

  I love the simplicity of the Canadian signs.

  Phew.  Reminds me of the early, early 1900's!

    Walk/Don't Walk signs are referred to as "hand-man" signs, and here we can see why.

  Nice billboard on King St!

 


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