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In this bucolic scene TTC 412, with its headlight lens swinging in the breeze, is southbound for Toronto immediately north of Centre Street in Thornhill.  Motor car traffic does not seem to be a problem on this Wednesday afternoon.  Down in the valley behind 412 two golf courses were, and still are, located on either side of Yonge Street.  Apart from the widening of the road to four clogged lanes, this scene is not all that different today.  Closure of the North Yonge line came only four days after the photo was taken.
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Caption: In this bucolic scene TTC 412, with its headlight lens swinging in the breeze, is southbound for Toronto immediately north of Centre Street in Thornhill. Motor car traffic does not seem to be a problem on this Wednesday afternoon. Down in the valley behind 412 two golf courses were, and still are, located on either side of Yonge Street. Apart from the widening of the road to four clogged lanes, this scene is not all that different today. Closure of the North Yonge line came only four days after the photo was taken.

Photographer:
Julian Bernard [23] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/06/1948 (search)
Railway: Toronto Transportation Commission 1921-1954 (search)
Reporting Marks: TTC 412 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: North Yonge (search)
City/Town: Thornhill (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. This is lovely Julian – what was the frequency of service along this line?

  2. Running time from the City Limits to Steeles was 20 minutes with a further 20 minutes to Richmond Hill. Base service was every 20 minutes to Steeles and every 40 minutes to Richmond Hill. The base service could be maintained with four cars (I think I need a spread sheet to be sure) so extras were operated as needed, especially in rush hours. But with only eight cars available in total (409-416) there were limitations to how much extra service could be offered. In the last year or two as residential development in North York accelerated additional trips were often made with buses when traffic warranted. The line was single track with passing loops at critical points. 416 is preserved at the OERHA museum on Guelph Line.

  3. From down in the valley, we hear distinctly: “fore!”

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