6545 shoving towards King Street Shed on shed lead crossing
Front Street West at Spadina Avenue. Movement would be controlled by
yardman with backup air hose on van leading backwards.
of this area more than 40 years earlier showing TTC streetcar tracks
crossing the Shed Lead above.
King Street looking east. Canadian Pacific Express building
on Simcoe Street combines with freight shed and offices at 62 Simcoe
Street. Green trucks are Cartage (LCL) pickup and delivery vehicles.
This work was contracted to CPX by CPR. Express Company vehicles were
TTC 4106 King car destined Coxwell and Danforth. Looking
west at same location. 1964
Note advertisement painted on building at left for Canadian Pacific Express Travellers Cheques.
King Street-based crews switched the main Simcoe Street LCL shed, CP Express shed, also team tracks, along with the Peter Street Crane, Paper Shed, horse and auto platforms. The engine was supplied from John Street. Transfer runs were made to Parkdale and Lambton, but these crews were not based at King Street. A short steep track from Tecumseh Street up to Front Street was controlled by an electric staff block system. This track ran parallel to the south side of Front Street against a high retaining wall. These sheds replaced earlier structures at John Street right next to the old roundhouse beside the coach yard. Construction of the "High Level" grade separation project caused the removal of these sheds as well as requiring a new roundhouse at John Street. The street address was 69 Simcoe Street and referred to as simply Simcoe Street, although yard crews called it King Street shed. King Street operated from 1914 until 1977 with the main shed and CP Express being demolished in August. The last structure in use was the paper shed on the northwest side of Peter Street and Wellington Avenue West and it remained in use until 1985-6 although not for newsprint paper. Tecumseh Street Tower.
One team at the new team track. Race horses and automobiles were also handled here. Peter Street looking south west. Steele-Briggs Seed Co. building on Spadina had a private siding and shipped seeds all over for many decades.
John Street level crossing looking north from Wellington
Street West towards King Street West.
By this time the shed had seen better days and the end
was not far off.
King Street Shed 1977
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