ROSELAND BUS LINES
RBL 2 on Keele Street at Vine Avenue in front of Subway Hotel. Library and Archives Canada
Roseland Bus Lines Ford 19B on Roselands route is in front of the Subway Hotel on Keele Street in the Junction. It will back around onto Vine Avenue, then swing left to go north on Keele under the subway (underpass) beneath the C.P.R. West Toronto yard. It will then proceed via Weston Road to Mount Dennis and Roselands. Streetcar tracks are those of the T.T.C. used by the Weston Road cars whose terminal was slightly to the rear of the photographer. April 1953.
J.V.Salmon Collection Toronto Public Library Baldwin
Keele Street north of Dundas Street West. Here we see
West York's Eileen Avenue route bus loading passengers
Subway Hotel is neither named for an underground subway
(not yet built) nor Subway sandwiches!
Note: At some point in time, possibly by the time this
photograph was taken, the Subway Hotel became a rooming house
Highway coach 6 in Niagara Falls May 1947 Julian
Highway coach on Weston Road at Lambton Avenue.
39 on East Drive near Bexley Crescent looking towards Jane Street.
NOTE: Some of the only known photographs of a Roseland
Roseland Bus Lines was a small independent operation ,
it served a part of York with a single route and operated an interurban
route between Weston and Woodbridge, It was owned by David R.Murray,
and apparently was not even incorporated as a business back in those
Weston-Woodbridge service commenced.
Toronto Suburban Railway abandons its interurban service between Weston and Woodbridge.
June 13, 1942
Roselands service started between the Junction (Keele & Dundas) via Keele Street, Weston Road and Lambton Avenue to Jane Street. June 21st War time restriction cuts it back to start at Northland Ave. (City Limits).
War-time restrictions lifted, service returns to the Junction business district with buses wyeing at Keele and Vine Ave.
Woodbridge service extended on some trips to Pine Grove.
Acquired by T.T.C.
Roster of buses at time of T.T.C. takeover
Make Model Seats Year Type Condition Disposition
2 Reo School 25 1941 School Fair scrap
20 Ford 19B 27 1942* City Poor TTC 529
24 Fitzjohn Cityliner 35 1947 Suburban Good TTC 1752
26 Prevost 49PU33 33 1949 City Good TTC 1785
34 Prevost 50P133 33 1950 Suburban Good GCL 618
NOTE: Final acquisition was 9 buses, 6 coaches and 1 scrapped.
Total value of 17 buses was $167,000,depreciation was on a straight line basis with 12 years' life. Properties added another $70,247,50. Goodwill and everything included totalled $600,000 for acquisition by the T.T.C.
This was a cosy little business, what with the "office" in the owner's home, a job and a car for the owner and a profit as well! It provided employment for a manager (the owner), 9 drivers and 7 others, 4 of whom were also drivers. The 54 year old Manager and one 45 year old driver both had 24 years service on February 1,1954. Net profit of the business ending December 31,1953 was $14,109.51.
Garages were located on a T-shaped property at Weston Road and Lambton Avenue in Mount Dennis. Addresses were 980 and 1004 Weston Road. A 33x100 foot brick garage over 50 years old with a 32' x 33' concrete block addition, 10 years old. Another 41' x 110' concrete block garage built in 1947 was located at the rear of 6 Lambton Avenue where a 2 storey brick house, over 60 years old was being rented to an employee.
Two-storey, 6 room, 20' x 30' solid brick home and office at 6 St.Marks Road (note the coincidence of this number!) was said to be "in a splendid state of repair throughout and in a desireable residential area", which was in the Jane and Annette Sts. area. This house was 18 years old, valued at $17,675 and 1953 taxes were $200.93!
Routes and Service
Roselands suburban service between the Roselands
area of York Township, Mount Dennis and the Junction business district
of West Toronto.
SERVICE was daily from 6.15 a.m. (10.45 a.m. Sundays) until 12.15 a.m. Trip time for the 5.38 mile round trip was 30 minutes, headway (frequency) was 15 minutes in rush hours and 30 minutes at all other times and on Sundays. This required 1 bus in Base service, 2 in A.M. rush and 3 in P.M. rush.
RESTRICTION: Prohibited from handling local passengers
in competition with the T.T.C.
FARES: Roselands; Prior March 9,1951 Adults: 5 cents (11
tickets for 50c)
Woodbridge interurban service between Weston, Thistletown,
Woodbridge and Pine Grove.
SERVICE was operated daily from 6.30 a.m. (8.30 Sundays) until 11.00 p.m. Trip time for the 15.75 mile round trip was 60 minutes, headway was 30 minutes in rush hours, 60 minutes at other times, except after 9.30 p.m. it was 90 minutes. This required 1 bus in base service and 2 in rush hours.
RESTRICTION: Prohibited the handling of local passengers
within the Town of Weston in competition with the Town's own service
operated for them by the T.T.C.
Route Annual miles Passengers Revenue Expenses Profit
Roselands 96,000 506,000 $38,000 $34,000 $4,000
Buses and coaches after sale to TTC/Grey Coach Lines
Roseland 32 1938 White and 2 Reo 1941
Roseland 26 signed Woodbridge a 1949 Prevost. TTC 511 ex DBL 44 1946
Reo signed Lyn.
James V. Salmon/Toronto Public Library
GCL 618 (ex RBL 34) 1950 Prevost. Edward & Chestnut near Toronto
Bus Terminal. May 1, 1955
You've heard the expression; Seen better days! Formerly Roseland 7
an old Reo.
Langdon Coach Lines #11 originally owned by George Watt's-Woodbridge
Bus Line later taken over by Roseland and called Weston-Woodbridge Bus
Line 7. Sold to Langdon in 1948 and numbered 82, in 1950 renumbered
11. Traded in to Reo at Leaside 1953. Sold to Dixie Auto Wreckers 1954.
Photograph at Dixie, July 1/1955
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