North Yonge Railways

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North Yonge Railways
Locale Toronto
Dates of operation c 1927–1948
Predecessor Yonge radial line of the Metropolitan Railway Company and later Toronto and York Radial Railway Company
Successor TTC - 59 North Yonge (until 1977) and 97 Yonge
GO Transit 62 Newmarket B and 63 Yonge C (1975-2003)
York Region Transit - 98 Yonge North and 99 Yonge South (2003-present)
Viva Blue BRT (2006-present)
Track gauge 1,495 mm (4 ft 10 78 in)
Length 13.55 miles (21.81 km) - Toronto to Richmond Hill
Headquarters Toronto

The North Yonge Railways was the Toronto Transportation Commission's brief foray into radial service.

History[edit]

Originally an extension of the Yonge streetcar line to Glen Echo, it was extended to Lake Simcoe after the purchase of a pre-existing rail line from the Hydro Electric Commission of Ontario in 1927.

TTC radial service ended in 1930, but later resumed under the name of North Yonge Railways and continued until 1948 under contract to the Townships of Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill and North York.

End of Radial Line[edit]

The service was replaced by the Toronto Transportation Commission's North Yonge bus route in 1948. North Yonge bus was renumbered as 59 North Yonge route (after 1956) which ran from Eglinton Avenue and (later from Sheppard Avenue when 97 Yonge route extended northwards and the Yonge Subway was extended north to Finch) to Richmond Hill. 59 North Yonge route ended in 1977 and take over by 97 Yonge, but with bus service to Steeles Avenue (looping east on Yonge and Steeles Avenue East).

Service north of Steeles Avenue was provided by a number of other operators. In 1975 GO Transit began bus service (initially contracted to Gray Coach) from the TTC 59 North Yonge route with the Newmarket B/Route 62 and Yonge C/Route 63 from York Mills subway station (later from Finch Station) to Richmond Hill GO Station and terminating at Newmarket. In 2003 GO Transit transferred Yonge C bus service to York Regional Transit's bus which runs two local routes 98 Yonge North (Richmond Hill to Newmarket) and 99 Yonge South (Richmond Hill to Finch Station). In 2005 VIVA Blue was added to provide express service from Finch Station to Newmarket. All three York Region routes terminate at the Newmarket Bus Terminal at Eagle Street West and Davis Drive.

Stops[edit]

Car Barn, Loops and Shops[edit]

  • Eglinton Avenue West and Yonge Street - barns and shops
  • Glen Echo loop
  • Bond Lake carhouse and power house
  • Keswick Sub-Station
  • Newmarket Car Barn and Station

References[edit]

Preceded by
None
Radial Railways in Toronto
?-1930
Succeeded by
replace by Toronto Transportation Commission