Transport of Delight


Toronto trams

These photographs were taken while on four visits to Canada in
May 2011, November 2012, September/October 2013 and May 2015.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is responsible for the largest tram system in North America.
Several lines were closed beginning in the 1950s but the withdrawal policy was abandoned in
1972 and since then some new lines have been opened and some reinstated. The centre of
the city with its grid pattern of streets is very traditional and I was reminded of the London trams
I knew when I was younger with their many junctions and crossings. In addition there are some
very fine stretches of new or rebuilt lines with segregated tracks, in particular Spadina Avenue,
the Harbourfront, St. Clair Avenue West and Queensway.

The car fleet is very standardised and consists of just two classes of tram, built in the late 1970s
and 1980s. The Canadian light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) fleet originally consisted of 196 four axle cars,
nos. 4000-5/10-4199 and the six axle Articulated Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV) class numbers 52
members, 4200-51. 4006-9 were never built while 4063 has been withdrawn from service.The fleet
operates11 routes, numbered from 501-506, 508-512.

Starting from 2014, a new fleet of Bombardier Flexity cars numbered from 4400 and built at their
facility at Thunder Bay, will begin to enter service. On my 2013 visit, I was fortunate enough to
photograph the first of the production series, 4401, at the Roncesvalles Depot.

By the time of my latest visit, there had been serious delays with the delivery of the new cars
and only about a half dozen were in service on the Harbourfront services 509/10.

In this gallery, the views are presented in the order in which I took them on each visit.

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Photographs © Geoff Bannister

Photos taken in May 2011


4223 route 501
Queen St East at Beech Avenue
3rd May

4088 route 501
Queen Street East at
St.Aidan's Church: 3rd May

4178 Route 509
Union Station
4th May


4178 route 509
Interior
4th May

4158 route 509
Bathurst Street
4th May

4158 Route 509
Bathurst Street at Queens Quay West
4th May


4113 route 511
Bathurst Street
4th May

4074 route 511
Bathurst Street
4th May

4147 route 509
Fleet Street at Bathurst Street
4th May


4110 and 4147 route 509
Bathurst St at Lake Shore
Boulevard West: 4th May

4170 route 509
Bathurst St at Lake Shore
Boulevard West: 4th May

Unidentified route 510
Spadina Avenue railway bridge
4th May


4134 route 506
College Street at Yonge Street
5th May

4099 route 506
College Street at Yonge Street
5th May

4099 route 506
Gerrard Street East at
Broadview Avenue 5th May


4003 route 504
Broadview Avenue at Gerrard Street East
5th May

4145 route 506
Gerrard Street East at Broadview Avenue
5th May

4133 and 4002 route 504
Broadview Avenue
5th May


4116 route 504
Broadview Avenue
5th May

4039 route 502
Queen St East at Lower Don Bridge
5th May

4133 route 504
Lower Don Bridge
5th May


4243 route 501
Queen St East at Lower Don Bridge
5th May

4246 route 501
Queen St East/King St East junction
at Lower Don Bridge 5th May

4231 route 504
King St East/Queen St East junction
at Lower Don Bridge 5th May


4237 route 501
Queen St East at Yonge Street
5th May

4089 route 510
Queens Quay tram station
5th May

4173 route 509
Queens Quay subway ramp
5th May


4152 route 509
Queens Quay subway ramp
5th May

4029 route 510
Spadina Avenue at Front Street
5th May

4028 route 510
Spadina Avenue/Queens Quay
short working loop 5th May


4152 route 509
Exhibition loop
5th May

4118 route 511
Exhibition loop
5th May

4193 (509) and 4207 (511)
Fleet St at Bathhurst St
5th May


4118 route 511
Fleet St at Bathhurst St
5th May

4010 route 505
College St at Spadina Avenue
5th May

4045 route 510
Spadina Avenue at College St
5th May


4045 route 510
Spadina Avenue at College St
5th May

Rush hour on Spadina Avenue: 4046
and 4012 head up four route 510 trams
straddling College Street 5th May

4095 route 510
Spadina Crescent
5th May


4062 route 510
Cross platform access at
Spadina subway station 5th May

4155 route 512
St. Clair station loop
15th May

4147 route 512
St. Clair station loop
15th May


4147 route 512 and Orion 07.501 hybrid 1645
St.Clair Avenue West at Bathurst St
15th May

4192 route 512
St.Clair Avenue West at Bathurst St
15th May

4176 route 512
St. Clair West station
exit ramp 15th May


4172/4170 route 512
St.Clair West tram station
15th May

4017 route 511
Bathurst Subway Station
15th May

4034 route 505
Dundas Square
16th May


4098 route 505
Dundas St West at Yonge St
16th May

4109 route 505
Dundas Square
16th May

4057 route 505
Art Gallery of Ontario
Dundas St West 16th May


4085 route 510 King short working loop
Charlotte St/Adelaide St
16th May

4074 route 510 King short working loop
Charlotte St
16th May

4095 route 510 King short working loop
Charlotte St/King St
16th May


4012 route 510
Spadina Avenue at King Street
16th May

4163 (504) and 4016 (505)
Broadview Subway Station loop
16th May

4016 route 505
Broadview Subway Station loop
16th May


Photos taken in November 2012

I had much less time available on this visit so the number of new photographs is far less numerous than the
2011 batch. However, a number of them were taken at the junction of King Street West, Queen Street West,
Roncesvalles Avenue and Queensway, which is a very busy intersection just by Roncesvalles, the biggest
depot on the system. Several routes cross this junction, where there is always some movement of cars going on.


4095 route 505
Dundas Square
22nd November

4119 route 505
Dundas Street at Yonge Street
22nd November

4054 route 501
Queen Street West at Yonge Street
22nd November


4244 route 501
Queen Street West at Yonge Street
22nd November

4088 route 504
King Street West at Yonge Street
22nd November

4120 route 504
King Street West at Yonge Street
22nd November


4027 Route 504 22nd November
King Street West at Roncesvalles Ave
Queen St West to the left

4127 Route 504 22nd November
Roncesvalles Avenue
Queen St West behind

4027 and 4200 Route 504
King Street West at Roncesvalles Ave
22nd November


Looking north along Roncesvalles
Avenue. Rear left car leaving
Roncesvalles Depot west exit

4041 Route 504 22nd November
In Roncesvalles Avenue crossing
Queensway/Queen Street West

4235 Route 501 22nd November
Crossing from Queen Street West
to Queensway


4137 22nd November
Training car, having just left
Roncesvalles Depot west exit

4032 and 4232 22nd November
Roncesvalles Depot
Queensway entrance

4232 22nd November
Roncesvalles Depot
Queensway entrance


4170 22nd November
Entering Roncesvalles Depot
south entrance from Queensway

22nd November
General view
Roncesvalles Depot yard

4217 Route 501 22nd November
Queensway
at Colborne Lodge Drive


Photos taken in September and October 2013

On this visit, I concentrated on parts of the system which I had not covered extensively on the first two
visits. So, in addition to more views in the city centre views are included around Broadview Avenue
and Gerrard Street in the east, Roncesvalles Avenue in the west and out as far as Humber Loop
on the lengthy route to Long Branch.


4131 Route 506
College at Yonge eastbound
25th September

4185 Route 506
Howard Park at Roncesvalles
Avenue 25th September

4129 Route 504
Roncesvalles Avenue at
Howard Park 25th


4247 Route 501 crossing from
Queen St West to Queensway
25th September

General view
Roncesvalles depot yard
25th September

4225 Route 501 crossing from
Queen St West to Queensway
25th September


New kid on the block.
4401, the first production Bombardier Flexity of
the Toronto order in Roncesvalles depot yard
25th September 2013.


25th September 2013

25th September 2013



4043 Route 504 crossing from
King St West to Roncesvalles
Avenue 25th September

General view
Roncesvalles junction
25th September

4144 Route 506
Main Street station
30th September


4144 Route 506
Main Street railway bridge
30th September

Route 506
Main Street at College Street
30th September

Route 506
College Street East at Golfview
Road 30th September


4044 Route 505 southbound
Broadview Avenue
30th September

4080 & 4044 Route 505
Broadview Avenue
30th September

4182 Route 505 southbound
Riverdale Park, Broadview
Avenue 30th September


4080 Route 506 southbound
Riverdale Park, Broadview
Avenue 30th September

4220 Route 504 southbound
Riverdale Park, Broadview
Avenue 30th September

4200 Route 501 eastbound
Queen Street E at Broadview
Avenue 30th September


4205 Route 501 eastbound
Queen St E, Lower Don Bridge
approach 30th September

4028 Route 504 eastbound
Lower Don Bridge
30th September

Route 501 westbound
Lower Don Bridge
30th September


4217 Route 501 eastbound
Lower Don Bridge
30th September

4057 Route 504 eastbound
King Street West at Simcoe St
30th September

4173 Route 504 eastbound
King Street West at Simcoe St
30th September


General view looking
west along King Street West
30th September

4217 Route 501 King
Street West at Roncesvalles
30th September

4224 interior view
Westbound on Queensway
30th September


4224 Route 501
Terminating Humber Loop
30th September

4226 Route 501
Westbound Humber Loop
30th September

4206 Route 501
Eastbound Humber Loop
30th September


4208 Route 501
Eastbound Humber Loop
30th September

Westbound Route 501
Queensway
30th September


4242 Route 501
Westbound Queensway
30th September

4057 Route 504
Dundas West station
30th September


Photos taken in May 2015


This latest visit saw me concentrating on the Harbourfront and on Spadina Avenue with routes 509/510
looking for the new 4400 series trams, and on other routes particularly on the Western side of the city.


4218 Route 501
Kew Gardens
Eastbound 14th May

4204 Route 501
Kew Gardens
Westbound 14th May

4157 Route 509
Union Station Loop
19th May


4407 Route 510
Queens Quay
19th May

4146 Route 510
Harbourfront
19th May

4190 Route 510
Harbourfront
19th May


4406 Route 509
Harbourfront
19th May

4400 Route 510
Harbourfront
19th May

4400 interior
Harbourfront
19th May


4137 & 4087 Route 510
Spadina Avenue at Queen St W
Looking South 19th May

4203 Route 501
Leaving Queensway Eastbound
19th May

4203 Route 501
Leaving Queensway
19th May


4230 Route 501
Leaving Queensway
19th May

4405, 4212 and 4158
Roncevalles Depot yard
19th May

4246 and 4251 Route 501
Roncevalles Eastbound
19th May


4152 Route 501
Roncevalles Avenue at Howard Park Avenue
Southbound 19th May

4043 Route 506
High Park
19th May

4019 and 4183 Route 505
College at Spadina Avenue
Westbound 19th May


4073 and 4020 Route 510
Southbound on Spadina Avenue
at College 19th May

4137 Route 510
Northbound on Spadina Avenue
at College 19th May

4123 Route 510
Northbound on Spadina Avenue
at Sussex Avenue 22nd May


4119
Spadina Station exit ramp
Route 510 22nd May

4400
Southbound on Spadina Crescent
Route 510 22nd May

4161
Northbound leaving Spadina Crescent
Route 510 22nd May


4114 and a coffee
Spadina Avenue
Route 510 22nd May

4406 and a Starbucks
Spadina Avenue at Richmond
Route 510 22nd May

An unusually empty sight
Northbound along Spadina Avenue
22nd May


4122
King Street West
Route 506 22nd May

4402
Roncesvalles Depot
22nd May

4226 Roncesvalles
Eastbound Route 501
22nd May


4226 Roncesvalles
Eastbound Route 501
22nd May

4121
Queen's Quay
Route 501 22nd May

4181 Route 510
Spadina tram subway
22nd May

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