Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PDP #222: Running Off the Rails

It may well be the easternmost limit of Toronto's streetcar system. On the east side of Victoria Park Avenue, extending a few meters into Scarborough, one set of streetcar rail continues along Kingston Road until it comes to an abrupt end. It's one of the only remnants of historic streetcar service in Scarborough - the rails originally continued a fair distance beyond this point, enough so that I'd have crossed them during my Oshawa-to-Toronto ride last year, but they were withdrawn to Victoria Park in 1954. The only strange thing about the rails here is the modern-seeming concrete they're embedded in; I was under the impression that at that time, the TTC still sank its rails into cobblestones.

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