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Lewis Swanson was another one of the local Toronto area transit photographers back in the day, and took a lot of photos of the Yonge Subway line under construction in the early 1950's, Toronto's (and Canada's) first subway. Many pointed their cameras mostly at vehicles, but Mr. Swanson also took many photos of infrastructure, terminals, signs, and station areas most others would often overlook (notable since in the film days each photo cost money to take). From what I've been able to gather, he was active taking photos from the late 40's until the mid-80's (in later years, mostly during CNE visits).  The view here is looking south from Chaplin Crescent at the TTC's new Davisville subway yard and shops under construction. Land has been cleared, forms are up, and concrete is being poured for buildings, platforms and retaining walls (note along Yonge Street on the left). Tracks would be laid starting around early 1953, and everything would be in place for taking delivery of new Gloucester subway cars (on flatcars via the Belt Line) beginning around September 1953, and for the official opening day on March 30th 1954 (see 1957 aerial here for completed yard). This would be the main subway yard for storing and servicing trains on the Yonge and later University lines until the opening of Wilson Yard on the new Spadina Line extension in 1978 (development and properties on all sides of Davisville constrained expansion of the yard).  In the background, a CN steam engine switches on the old Toronto Belt Line Branch with a cut of 40' boxcars and reefers. Belt Line customers to the east of Yonge Street included Dominion Coal & Wood at Mount Pleasant, and a lumber yard or two along Merton (the double door boxcars are probably for one of the lumber yards). There was also an Elias Rogers coal dealer on the right in the background on the south side of the tracks (site redeveloped with apartment buildings by 1960).  The berm the steam loco is on would soon be replaced with a bridge spanning the future TTC Davisville Yard tracks that would run underneath the line. While the CN Belt Line was abandoned east of the Spadina Expressway in 1970 and removed, the city wasted no time and bought the right of way for the present Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. Much has changed here, but the CNR plate girder bridge visible under the boxcars still exists today spanning Yonge Street.  Lewis Swanson photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection negative (large-format scanned with a DSLR, with some restoration work done).  More around Davisville: New H1 subway car delivered via the Belt Line: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=32616 H4's departing the north end of the station: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=34861 Modern view circa 2007: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=24613
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Caption: Lewis Swanson was another one of the local Toronto area transit photographers back in the day, and took a lot of photos of the Yonge Subway line under construction in the early 1950's, Toronto's (and Canada's) first subway. Many pointed their cameras mostly at vehicles, but Mr. Swanson also took many photos of infrastructure, terminals, signs, and station areas most others would often overlook (notable since in the film days each photo cost money to take). From what I've been able to gather, he was active taking photos from the late 40's until the mid-80's (in later years, mostly during CNE visits).

The view here is looking south from Chaplin Crescent at the TTC's new Davisville subway yard and shops under construction. Land has been cleared, forms are up, and concrete is being poured for buildings, platforms and retaining walls (note along Yonge Street on the left). Tracks would be laid starting around early 1953, and everything would be in place for taking delivery of new Gloucester subway cars (on flatcars via the Belt Line) beginning around September 1953, and for the official opening day on March 30th 1954 (see 1957 aerial here for completed yard). This would be the main subway yard for storing and servicing trains on the Yonge and later University lines until the opening of Wilson Yard on the new Spadina Line extension in 1978 (development and properties on all sides of Davisville constrained expansion of the yard).

In the background, a CN steam engine switches on the old Toronto Belt Line Branch with a cut of 40' boxcars and reefers. Belt Line customers to the east of Yonge Street included Dominion Coal & Wood at Mount Pleasant, and a lumber yard or two along Merton (the double door boxcars are probably for one of the lumber yards). There was also an Elias Rogers coal dealer on the right in the background on the south side of the tracks (site redeveloped with apartment buildings by 1960).

The berm the steam loco is on would soon be replaced with a bridge spanning the future TTC Davisville Yard tracks that would run underneath the line. While the CN Belt Line was abandoned east of the Spadina Expressway in 1970 and removed, the city wasted no time and bought the right of way for the present Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. Much has changed here, but the CNR plate girder bridge visible under the boxcars still exists today spanning Yonge Street.

Lewis Swanson photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection negative (large-format scanned with a DSLR, with some restoration work done).

More around Davisville:
New H1 subway car delivered via the Belt Line: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=32616
H4's departing the north end of the station: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=34861
Modern view circa 2007: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=24613

Photographer:
Lewis Swanson photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [629] (more) (contact)
Date: November 1951 (search)
Railway: Toronto Transit Commission (search)
Reporting Marks: Not Provided
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: TTC Davisville Yard (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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