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Grade Separations

Over a period of many years there were street railway level crossings with regular railways. Because of the dangers involved, and a few collisions they were avoided by subways (street underpasses) beneath train tracks or railway overpasses also in early years a refusal to allow streetcar tracks to cross a railway line. In some cases this meant streetcar riders had to get off and walk across the railway tracks and reboard another car on a different line.

The last two level crossings were across a CNR track on Bathurst Street into a east side factory just north of Front Street West and a CNR industrial spur once the Toronto Belt Line's Humber loop across the Queen Street Extension west of Sunnyside built in 1955. They ended circa 1960.

St. Clair Avenue West

Royce Avenue

Keele Street
(See bottom photo caption link CNR Diamond)

Weston Road

Weston Road

Front & Spadina

Queen Street Extension

4000 westbound along Queen Street extension just having crossed the diamond with CNR spur once part of the
Toronto Belt Line Humber loop. Note Club Kingsway under construction. September 1958.
J William Vigrass, John F Bromley collection.

4195 in same place although CNR track has been removed. Club Kingsway at left behind streetcar.
Far right distant background is TTC Runnymede route bus at Windermere Ave. south end of route.
Two views: October 17, 1964 John F. Bromley

Note in the background a Supertest gas station and all the "old" cars and trucks!
White car first up is a Chevy El Camino, GM's answer to Ford's Ranchero.

NOTE: In 2017 and ongoing this line from Parkside Drive west to Humber Loop
is being completely rebuilt and will longer have open style trackwork as shown.


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