Sunday, August 16, 2009

PDP #86: Orphan Tracks

Though the Toronto streetcar system is still the most extensive in the Western Hemisphere, it would have been even larger if not for the streetcar abandonment policy that dominated the twenty years after the opening of the first subway. Most of the old system has vanished in the years since it was pulled up, as is the case on Rogers Road, but here and there some reminders hold on.

Today, tracks remain on Wychwood Avenue just south of St. Clair, but have been disconnected from the rest of the system for decades. Originally they were non-revenue trackage linking the St. Clair Carhouse to the remainder of the system. Streetcars will never come here again. I think, personally, that the rails should stay. It's always good to have a reminder.

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