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CP S2 7026 works on the "Old Bruce" service track in the West Toronto Junction area, switching a few industries located along the east side of the rail corridor at Bloor Street West underpass. 7026 was one of the longtime Toronto-assigned Alco switchers that took care of local and yard switching duties for decades, at the time assigned out of Lambton Yard. A CP RS18 is visible in the background on CP's Galt Sub, which was separated from the old Bruce service track by CN's Weston Sub that ran through the middle of the corridor. Judging from some other slides taken at the same spot at the same time, the unknown photographer (likely visiting from the US) was taking photos of TTC streetcars on Bloor off the top of the bridge, and probably snapped a shot of this switching job when it showed up.  This industrial spur was originally part of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce's mainline from Toronto to Orangeville. While the TG&B line north of the diamond became CP's MacTier Subdivision, this section south of the diamond became a CP service track to serve the local industries along Perth Ave. and Sterling Rd. between the diamond and Dundas Street (overpass visible in the distance). Those included Viceroy Rubber at Dupont, Solway & Sons, Glidden paints, Aluminum Goods Ltd (Alcan), Scythes & Co., and Rowantree Co. Ltd (chocolates, later Laura Secord, today Neslie's Sterling Rd. plant). There were also CN-CP interchange tracks south of Dupont, between the service track and CN's Weston Sub. According to Ray Kennedy's Old Time Trains site and track diagrams, the service track ended by entering Compressed Metals' scrapyard south of Dundas and coming out the other side as a CN siding north of Parkdale. The old Bruce service track was abandoned and removed in the 90's (after Laura Secord, who received sugar from Redpath downtown, switched to trucks). In more recent years the right-of-way has been turned into the West Toronto Railpath after lying abandoned until the late 2000's. The old track bumper on the right by Milnes Coal & Fuel just south of Bloor remained intact in the weeds until construction began.  Photographer unknown, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.
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Caption: On a sunny summer evening, CP S2 7026 works on the "Old Bruce" service track in the West Toronto Junction area, switching a few industries located along the east side of the rail corridor at Bloor Street West underpass. 7026 was one of the longtime Toronto-assigned Alco switchers that took care of local and yard switching duties for decades, at the time assigned out of Lambton Yard. A CP RS18 is visible in the background on CP's Galt Sub, which was separated from the old Bruce service track by CN's Weston Sub that ran through the middle of the corridor. Judging from some other slides taken at the same spot at the same time, the unknown photographer (likely visiting from the US) was taking photos of TTC streetcars on Bloor off the top of the bridge, and probably snapped a shot of this switching job when it showed up.

This industrial spur was originally part of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce's mainline from Toronto to Orangeville. While the TG&B line north of the diamond became CP's MacTier Subdivision, this section south of the diamond became a CP service track to serve the local industries along Perth Ave. and Sterling Rd. between the diamond and Dundas Street (overpass visible in the distance). Those included Viceroy Rubber at Dupont, Solway & Sons, Glidden paints, Aluminum Goods Ltd (Alcan), Scythes & Co., and Rowntree Co. Ltd (chocolates, later Laura Secord, today Neslie's Sterling Rd. plant). There were also CN-CP interchange tracks south of Dupont, between the service track and CN's Weston Sub. According to Ray Kennedy's Old Time Trains site and track diagrams, the service track ended by entering Compressed Metals' scrapyard south of Dundas and coming out the other side as a CN siding north of Parkdale. The old Bruce service track was abandoned and removed in the 90's (after Laura Secord, who received sugar from Redpath downtown, switched to trucks). In more recent years the right-of-way has been turned into the West Toronto Railpath after lying abandoned until the late 2000's. The old track bumper on the right by Milnes Coal & Fuel just south of Bloor remained intact in the weeds until construction began.

Photographer unknown, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.

Photographer:
Unknown, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [515] (more) (contact)
Date: circa August 1963 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 7026 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: CP "Old Bruce" Service Track (search)
City/Town: Toronto (West Toronto) (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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5 Comments
  1. Eric: I think so.

  2. Would that station board on the right be for West Toronto?

  3. This is great!

  4. Thanks Stuart! I checked my PDF copy of the 1963 Toronto City Directory (a very handy resource) and it shows as “Rowntree Co. Ltd”, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that corporate name changed a few times over the years due to mergers and acquisitions.

    Incidentally for anyone curious, I also checked on the building in the background with the lettering, it shows up as Tarbox Brothers off Morrow Ave. (makers of mops and cleaning items). The old shed/barn on the right is likely Crown Fuel and Lumber Co. at the end of Richie Ave. Boxcars on the left appear to be spotted the Aluminum Co. (further back), and the closer ones at either Lyman Tube & Supply Co., or Phillips Transport.

  5. Marvelous Dan! As per usual. Minor correction; I believe that the chocolate factory was actually Rowntree Mackintosh. For many years while working for a small automation company I drove from Hamilton to R-M sorting out chocolate bar making project after project. As I recall, the only challenge was trying to find parking as R-M had maybe two ‘visitor’ spots!

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