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Toronto Street Scenes

Where to find Toronto street scenes over the years.

Yorkville Buss Line

A Burt Williams omnibus passing the Red Lion Hotel in Yorkville on Yonge Street north of Bloor Street to St.Lawrence Market and City Hall. YBL operated from 1849-1862 by which time Toronto Street Railways began a horsecar system.

Bloor Street Viaduct

Grade Separations Here you will find scenes in Toronto of various grade separation projects including the first one in the latter part of the 19th century on Queen Street West and another on Keele Street in the Junction.. Others were built in the first half of the 20th. Century also to eliminate level crossings of railway tracks. The most significant was the Viaduct along the waterfront that raised tracks and yards etc. about 20 feet higher, all on fill including much reclaimed from water. It contains many aerial views before and after that shows much of the city besides the railway. Another was the Parkdale Grade Separation along the GTR through Sunnyside which eliminated many level crossings. Yet another was the CPR North Toronto Grade Separation project which also eliminated many crossings. Royce Avenue a single subway under CNR and CPR in West Toronto.

Redevelopment of Land

This features various locations in Toronto where former yards etc. were redeveloped, mostly with housing.

Lambton Mills Early look at settlement on the Humber River west of the Junction.

The Junction and Its Railways Steam, street and radial railways that served the Junction in West Toronto.

Humberside Avenue showing TTC doubledecker buses 1923.

Keele Street showing scenes in the Junction over the years including TTC streetcars and buses etc.

Royce Avenue new subway and industry near CPR West Toronto Depot.

Runnymede Road new subway, streetcar tracks including never used ones! Inc. streetcars and buses over the decades.

St. Clair Avenue West Between Keele Street and Caledonia Road. Two railway level crossings breakup TTC streetcars.

Trackwork in the Junction and beyond following TTC takeover from private companies.


Front and Spadina TTC track work and new Spadina Avenue bridge. Opened May 23, 1927.

Front Street West Queen's Hotel and Royal York Hotel 1867+

Sunnyside Gray Coach Lines bus terminal inc. TTC and CNR scenes.

Toronto Streets showing local delivery trucks.

Yonge Street the longest street in the world and one of the busiest.

Yonge Street Subway Shows the first subway in Canada under construction including Toronto street scenes before, during and after.

Independent Bus Lines A history of the four private bus companies that were forced to sell out to the City of Toronto following creation of Metropolitan Toronto, including their highway routes and charter operations. City routes were taken over by the Toronto Transit Commission while highway and charter operations were taken over by the TTC's wholly-owned subsidiary Gray Coach Lines. Includes photos of equipment, tickets and transfers, along with rosters, statistical and financial information.

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