Wednesday, November 4, 2009

PDP #125: The Strathmore Streetcar

A long time ago there were streetcars on Bloor Street, riding the rails from one side of the city of Toronto to the other. That ended in the 1960s with the opening of the Bloor-Danforth subway. In 1966 it was extended east to Woodbine station in East York, and streetcar service there was reduced to a stub route that was itself erased when the subway line reached past it in 1968.

There remains half a block's worth of track on Strathmore Avenue, directly adjacent to Woodbine station, which linked the remaining Bloor Street track with the station's temporary loop. They're still there today, appearing out of nowhere and disappearing as they curve south onto Cedarvale. They're totally isolated from the remaining system today. As far as I know, it's the only remaining evidence that streetcars ever ran in this part of the city.

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