White 706M (CCL #701-789 (odd))
Three batches of White 706Ms were bought by the Canada Coach Lines. CCL #701-721 were built in 1937, #723-739 in 1938, and #741-789 in 1939.
One 706M was destroyed in a horrific collision with a CNR passenger train on September 10, 1943 at Waterdown Road in Aldershot. Nine other 706Ms were sold off to other owners.
Some of the dates for these photos are unknown, and the locations are often just a guess. If you know either date or location, email me!
A CCL 706M at King Street West & Ogilvie in Dundas, date unknown. From an unused postcard.
A drawing of a CCL 706M graces the cover of this CCL Bus Schedule, dated October 1, 1943.
Three CCL buses in the Hamilton garage in 1944. Left to right is an unknown CCL White 706M, an ACF built bus (possibly CCL #728), and CCL? #607 (Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives, used with permission)
On October 15, 1954 Hurricane Hazel roared through the Toronto area, causing massive flooding and killing dozens. Bridges were washed out over the Humber river, disrupting Toronto's streetcar network. Fifteen HSR and ten CCL buses were sent to Toronto on October 18 under police escort to help out. Here we see several buses trying to cross the Humber River bridge in late October/Early November 1954. From top to bottom are a TTC CC&F C36 bus (#1103?), a CCL or Roseland Bus Lines White 706M bus, a TTC Ford transit bus still in the colours of its previous owner Roseland Bus Lines, and CCL #1431, a Flxible 29BR-45. The uncertainty over the White 706M bus is because Roseland Bus Lines, which had been bought out by the TTC a few months before, owned a single White 706M bus. It had been purchased from a Catholic convert in Hamilton in 1950, and was in a unique paint scheme that was very similar to the CCL's. (It is possible that the bus was a former CCL bus that was never repainted by either of its subsequent owners.) So this is is either a CCL 706M bus, or the former Roseland Bus Lines 706M that the TTC pulled off the scrap line for emergency service. (Photo courtesy of the York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, ASC05573)
Closeup of the CCL or Roseland Bus Lines White 706M bus from the above picture. (Photo courtesy of the York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, ASC05573)