Laying streetcar tracks on Runnymede Road (looking south from St.Clair)
to reach the planned
Looking north from the Runnymede bridge showing never-used TTC tracks.
Note TTC Runnymede bus and
Looking north on Runnymede, showing TTC track curving
into the loop and unconnected tracks going under subway towards St.Clair
to reach a planned car barn off Britannia Avenue which was never built.
A government inspector (BTC) refused to approve its use since an imobile
streetcar would block emergency vehicles. These tracks were visible
for decades, then paved over and finally removed during construction
of the new underpass in 1982. The building at right (see below) was
a coal yard, later a welder's supply. Next to it, out of sight,
was once the terminal of Star Transfer, Ontario Northland's truck
transport operation. Nearby, just north of the CPR locomotive foreman's
office was a small garage on Castleton Ave. for Thibodeau
highway transport arm of Algoma Central. Hume's
Transport a local family business had its main terminal on St.Clair
across from the roundhouse as well. Hume's had a fleet of over 50 trucks
handling mostly Maple Leaf meat
products for Canada Packers (in ice refrigerated trucks) with only International
Harvester trucks. A IH dealership was located right on St.Clair
Ave. near the packers. Billboard at far left is advertising TCP now
in both Shell gasolines.
Perfection Coal at 300 Maria Street telephone number MUrray 4044.
This small coal dealer was one of dozens throughout Toronto and suburbs selling coal retail to households. It was delivered to in heavy cloth sacks. Each had its own private siding where railway hopper cars containing 50 tons of coal mostly from Pennsylvania were delivered. By now oil heating was popular in the era before natural gas was available.
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