Toronto and York Radial Railway

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Toronto and York Radial Railway
Posted by Miningman on Saturday, September 07, 2019 1:16 PM

Back in the sensible Interurban days. Follow the track through some of the countryside in pictures. Got to love the structures marked as 'Waiting Rooms' and check out that paving crew! 

T&YR 50 

 


 

Glen Echo carhouse c.1922 

T&YR 16 signed for short destination of Thornhill. 

Car destined only as far as Newmarket. Glen Echo Terminal c.1920 
Note advertisements for British made Guinea Gold cigarettes. 

 


Metropolitan station in North Toronto was located at Yonge Street and Birch Avenue 
on the north side of the CPR whose station was on the south side. Circa 1905.
Note the sign boards advertising the CNE in Toronto and the Newmarket Fair. 
From here radial cars operated north to Richmond Hill, Aurora and Newmarket.
The line was later extended to Jackson's Point and Sutton on Lake Simcoe.

Two views of the steep grade passing the Jolly Miller Hotel. Looking north. Circa 1936 

Stop 1A near the Jolly Miller Hotel 3885 Yonge Street looking south just south of York Mills Side Road, 
North York Township. 

Looking south to Don siding and the substation. Stop 1 (old 30) York Mills P.O. ca. 1938 

Looking south below Willowdale, North York Township. Note passing track. Ca.1920 

 

Looking south from 1/2 mile south of Finch's Corners Stop 35, North York Township. 1918

Paving the road, the beginning of the end. Three views. Yonge Street in Newtonbrook. Ca.1922-3

Center of the road right of way through Newtonbrook, North York Township. Stop 36. North of Finch Avenue. July 7,1936

Just north of Newtonbrook, North York Township. Ca.1920 

Looking south in Thornhill. September 19, 1931 

Richmond Hill station stop 25. Toronto Public (Reference) Library

Middle of the road track was typical of early streetcar lines. Stop 26 at Dufferin Street in Richmond Hill. April 30,1940.
Adanac Stores were an early chain of stores. Adanac spelled backwards is Canada! 

Looking north from 200 feet south of Stop 26 Richmond Hill. May 13, 1940. 

Very rural view at Jefferson in Vaughan Township c.1918 

Huge crowds enjoying Bond Lake Park. June 20, 1924 Toronto Public Library Digital Archive 

Looking south, Schomberg & Aurora Junction. Note tank car at far right. After 1900. 

Near Aurora after 1900. 

Looking north from Mosley Street Aurora. C.1908 

Metropolitan Railway 29. Looking north on Main Street in Newmarket circa 1899. Newmarket Historical Society

Unknown number express car. Newmarket Historical Society

Metropolitan 18. c.1900 Newmarket Historical Society

Radial car at Newmarket Station c.1900 Newmarket Historical Society

Newmarket Historical Society

Likely 1923. Newmarket Historical Society

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, September 07, 2019 1:43 PM

Great photospread Miningman!  In a way, a lot of those shots remind me of North Jersey "Way back when."

One thing that struck me was in the photos with the paved roads just how few cars were on them!  

I found a great video of some North Jersey trolleys.  Not my old "stompin' grounds,"  but a good idea of what once was.  No music, but good footage!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKgNn0lXL1I&t=23s  

And for something a bit more bucolic, I found this,  with some brief trolley and rail shots.  Overmod's going to like this  one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnEv4zKU8pE  

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Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, September 07, 2019 10:03 PM

Was the North Toronto station a junction?

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Posted by Miningman on Saturday, September 07, 2019 10:28 PM

Toronto and York Radial Railway

Metropolitan division 


Article new cars 1907
Drawings and details 

Timeline Dates in history. 

Map .. July 1915 

Note: Stops originally numbered from North Toronto.
Later, when the TTC took over, numbered from new Glen Echo terminal near city limits.


 

 

Carhouse and shops Deer Park. Built c.1904 - 1910 Closed February 1922 following takeover by TTC.

Midland Mike-- From the above map it shows a 'new' access to the CPR was being built so there was some kind of connection. 

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Posted by NDG on Sunday, September 08, 2019 2:11 AM
VERY IMPRESSIVE Information!
 
Thank You, Sir.
 
Glen Echo.
 
Through end of Sixties there was still evidence of loop and a standing station shelter at this location.
 
 
After War, a new Motorman with a PCC did not loop back as intended and went to end of steel on Yonge. Had to bring car back after hours with another pilot car.
 
Not that far away.
 
Once TTC Wychwood Car House.
 
 
Travelled here on Large Witt 2424 on excursion trip.
 
 
Light Years Ago.
 
Thank You once again.

 

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Posted by NDG on Sunday, September 08, 2019 2:28 AM
TTC 4199.
 
At the end of the Sixties we learned, I do not remember how, that TTC 4199 was the
 oldest PCC car left in service and it was on Queen route.
 
We set out to find it.
 
We did, about second car along at the stop we were at.
 
Have a photo, somewhere.
 
Then it too was gone.
 
 
Fifty years ago.
 
Many went to Egypt.
 
 
Thank You.

 

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, September 08, 2019 2:55 AM

Holeee Makinaw... that is one heck of a picture!  ( the PCC's on the ship, but the other is very very nice as well).

Thank you NDG.

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Posted by NDG on Sunday, September 08, 2019 3:13 AM
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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, September 08, 2019 12:49 PM

Got to be taken back by the 'final destination' with their route designations still in place. 'Bloor', 'Christie', 'King', 'Carleton'... going off across the seas to Egypt... that ain't the Bloor car anymore despite what it says. TTC logos intact.

I think they run 2 PCC's down at Harbourfront for the tourists.

Rode many a PCC car all over the city over my 6 years in the Big Smoke. Queen car almost everyday. Daily except Sunday as they say. Always a PCC in those days. I was gone from Toronto when the new next generation of streetcars replacing the PCC arrived. Now they are scrapped, 'too old'. Yeesh.

Yes gentle frosts, not hard, but wiped out my Lobellia, Nikki's and Petunias ( usually Petunias are pretty resistant and hardy but this bunch succumbed).  Last Friday in August it snowed, a snow drizzle, very fine, just after midnight. All the outdoor furniture cushions were white. Gone by morning. It's been a cold summer, mostly mid 60's high and low 40's low. Almost daily, and wet as can be. Deg F for our American buddies. No forest fires though! Think we had 3 days breaking 80, and that for only a few hours late afternoon. Very cold out on the lake. The ground and lakes never warmed up normally at all.

Re: the lady and the lake.. fate and destiny or what? Devils and Demons feeding. 

Fate and Destiny pour moi tomorrow in Saskatoon as a sit down with the cardiologist. Gonna tell it to me straight. ( he makes the arrogant Dr. Strange before the accident look like an amateur).  I'll take door #3, hopefully the one where nothing happens. 

 

 

 

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, September 08, 2019 2:56 PM

Miningman
Got to be taken back by the 'final destination' with their route designations still in place. 'Bloor', 'Christie', 'King', 'Carleton'... going off across the seas to Egypt... that ain't the Bloor car anymore despite what it says. TTC logos intact.

It will always be the Bloor car, whether it lives in Toronto or not.

Get full details from the cardiologist.  I'll compare it with what mine has to say at 3pm tomorrow...

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Posted by Jones1945 on Sunday, September 08, 2019 3:33 PM

You guys please keep good care of yourselves! 

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Posted by NDG on Sunday, September 08, 2019 4:01 PM

Yes!

Best wishes to you Both,

and to ALL.

Thank You.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, September 08, 2019 4:43 PM

I second Mr. Jones and NDG, you boys take care of yourselves, we need you!

Best of luck and wishes to you both!

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Posted by M636C on Monday, September 09, 2019 8:24 PM

I don't think I've ever seen a portable turntable for road vehicles before...

Presumably to allow the truck to approach the end of paving backwards without multi point turns.

Toronto is well represented with historic photos on the internet, many of which show streetcar and interurban lines but rarely the cars themselves, except for end views in the distance.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:47 PM

I've never seen a portable turntable either, that's unusual.

There was a bus turntable at the New Jersey Central's terminal in Jersey City for the B&O New York City shuttle buses.  Made life a lot easier for the bus drivers!

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