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TORONTO TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
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Courtesy Mike Filey/TTC Archives/Toronto Transit Canada

TTC
Revised December 16, 2008


The Toronto Transportation Commission was formed September 1, 1921, when the City of Toronto acquired the Toronto Street Railway Company and the Toronto Civic Railways. During the period between 1921 and 1927, the Toronto Suburban Railways and the Toronto and York Radial Railway & Metropolitan Lines were also taken over by the T.T.C. The Toronto Transportation Commission ceased to exist December 31, 1953, being replaced on January 1, 1954 by the Toronto Transit Commission. This was brought about because of a change to a metropolitan system of government which expanded the Commission's area of responsibility from 35 to 240 square miles.

Toronto and York Radial Railway & Metropolitan Lines
Transit Toronto Web Site
Early Days in Richmond Hill

The T.T.C. uses a non-standard rail gauge of 4 feet 10 7/8 inches. Why?

Ken Heard, Consultant Museologist, Coordinator, Technology and Transport Museums Sector, Canadian Museums Association, explains:

"On 26 March 1861 the new Toronto Street Railway received from the City of Toronto a thirty year franchise to build, operate and maintain a street railway. On 18 June 1861 a similar franchise was received from the Village of Yorkville.

One of the terms of these agreements was that the track gauge was to accommodate wagons. As horse car rail was step rail, the horse cars, equipped with iron wheels with flanges on the inside, ran on the outer, or upper step of the rail.

Wagon wheels naturally did not have a flange. They were made of wood, with an iron tire. Wagons would use the inner, or lower step of the rail. The upper step of the rail guided the wagons on the track. In order to accommodate this arrangement, the track gauge had to be 4 feet, 10 7/8 inches. As the streets themselves were not paved, this arrangement permitted wagons carrying heavy loads a stable roadbed."

Adult Fare Ticket

Pre August 1, 1951
Children Fare Ticket

Pre August 1, 1951
(ticket images courtesy of Wayne Miller)
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RELATED LINKS=======

Toronto Transit Commission
This is the official T.T.C. web site.
Dave's Rail Pix

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TROLLEY LINKS======

The PCC Car - Not So Standard


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CITY LINKS

City of Toronto Homepage (Official site)
Toronto Island Ferry Service

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OTHER LINKS

Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation
Rails in Toronto


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PHOTO GALLERY====

TSR TSR TTC TTC TTC TTC TTC TTC
TSR 16 TSR 42 324 409 2190 2208 2424 2514
TTC TTC TTC TTC TTC TTC TTC TTC
2666 2932 2950 2962 4044 4295 4338 4413
TTC TTC TTC TTC TWO TTC TTC TTC
4459 4630 4673 4684 PCCs meet 20 9011 9144
(click on thumbnails for larger view)

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Toronto Transportation Commission
Toronto Transit Commission
ALL-TIME TROLLEY COACH ROSTER
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PRESERVED EQUIPMENT======
The following museums have equipment from the T.T.C.

CANADIAN RAILWAY MUSEUM
Delson/St-Constant, PQ, Canada

[working museum]

  • 2300 - Large Peter Witt
(2300 is currently stored in the former
C.P.R. John Street roundhouse in Toronto)
  • TP-10 - Snow Plow



EDMONTON RADIAL RAILWAY SOCIETY
Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton, AB, Canada

[working museum]

  • 24 - Single truck



HALTON COUNTY RADIAL RAILWAY
Milton, ON, Canada

[working museum]

  • 23 - Packard/Brill trolley coach (body only)
  • 327 - ST open car (replica)
  • 1326 - DT SE car
  • 2210 - ST DE car (preserved as Toronto Civic Railway 55)
  • 2395 - Large Peter Witt trailer (body only)
  • 2424 - Large Peter Witt car
  • 2786, 2894 - Small Peter Witt cars
  • 2984 - Large Peter Witt car (body only)
  • 4000, 4426, 4600, 4611, 4618, 4684 - PCC cars
  • C-1 - Crane car
  • RT-7, W-25 (preserved as TTC 1704), W-28, W-30/W-31 - Rail Grinders
  • TP-11 - Snow Plow
  • 5300-5301 - Type M-1 Subway cars
  • 9339, 9348 - Flyer Inds. E700A Trolley Coaches



CANADA SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM
(formerly National Museum of Science & Technology)
Ottawa, ON, Canada

[static museum]

  • 16 - ST Stephenson trailer
  • 64 - ST Jones trailer
  • 306 - ST SE car



OLD PUEBLO TROLLEY
Tucson, AZ, USA

[working museum]

  • 4608 - PCC car         



THE SHORE LINE TROLLEY MUSEUM
East Haven, CT, USA

[working museum]

  • 11 - Horsecar
  • 2898 - Small Peter Witt
  • S-36 - Sweeper



VARIOUS MUSEUMS

  • 2778 - Small Peter Witt - Northern Ohio Railway Museum - OH, USA
  • 4602 - PCC car - Trolleyville U.S.A., Olmsted Falls, OH, USA
  • W-24 - Rail Grinder - Branford Electric Railway Association - Branford, CT, USA.
    Restored as Toronto Railway Co. 1706.

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MODELLING THE T.T.C.======

  • Toronto Railway Co. - class F single-truck cars - Model Railroader June 1972 page 48
  • P.C.C. Cars - Railroad Model Craftsman May 1972 page 47
  • BEC-KITS Great Britain, produces an HO model of a PCC car built by St. Louis Car Co. 1936-1944. It is quite similar to TTC's A-1 class, 4000-4139 and A-2 to A-5 classes, 4150-4299 inc. A picture of the model appears on their web site.
  • Corgi Toys released an 'O' gauge model of a PCC car in 1998. These were available powered and un-powered. The TTC version is decorated as class A-8 #4500 and #4549. These are excellent models but require some modifications to accurately portray a Toronto PCC.
  • MTS Imports Inc., P.O. Box 50, Middletown, NY 10940 has a custom painted and an undecorated model of the 4300-4399 series PCC available in HO scale. Go to the MTS web site for more info and a picture.
  • C-D-S Lettering Ltd., P.O. Box 65074, Nepean, Ontario, Canada, K2G 5Y3, produces dry transfer lettering sets in O, S and HO scales for the TORONTO TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION. The set is #291 TTC Street Car.
  • Scale Transport Models
    Source for 'O' gauge models of TTC PCC's, CLRV's and CC&F trolley coaches.
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The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) logo, at the top of this page, is copyright and owned by the Toronto Transit Commission. It is used on this page by written permission of the Toronto Transit Commission in a letter dated November 26, 1996. Use of the TTC logo must be granted approval by the TTC Marketing and Public Affairs Department, Sales and Information Section and therefore must not be copied off this page, reproduced, retransmitted, redistributed or otherwise used in any way.



The TTC streetcar image at the top of this page is used by permission of the Toronto Transit Canada web site.

This site is a private effort intended to provide a reference of publications and other materials dealing with the Toronto Transportation Commission, and the Toronto Transit Commission, to those who may be engaged in related research. The Toronto Transit Commission is not associated with, nor participated in its preparation.



EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Due to the number of inquiries I have received in this regard,  the phone number is listed here as a courtesy.
For anyone wishing employment with the TTC,  phone the Employment Information Line at (416) 392-8665.



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