North Yonge Railways
|North Yonge Railways|
|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||4 ft 10 7⁄8 in (1,495 mm) Toronto gauge|
|Length||13.55 miles (21.81 km) - Toronto to Richmond Hill|
The North Yonge Railways was the Toronto Transportation Commission's brief foray into radial service.
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
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.
- Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue - Stop 14 and 15
- Glen Echo and Yonge Street (North Yonge Terminal, now residential neighbourhood)
- Yonge Street and York Mills Road (near Miller Tavern) - Stop 32
- Yonge Street and Finch Avenue (near John Finch's Hotel) - Stop 35
- Yonge Street and Steele's Corner/Morgan Siding/Hunt Club (Yonge and Steeles) - Stop 38
- Yonge Street at Richmond Hill, Ontario - Stops 49 and 50
- Keswick, Ontario - Radial Road location now a legal office - Stop 83
- Queensville Road - moved to Queensville Sideroad as a private residence
- Sutton, Ontario - Dalton and High Streets now a real estate office
- Willow Beach - Metro Road east of the 6th Concession now a private residence
- Winches - moved to Georgina Historical Park as a display building
- Jackson's Point, Ontario
- Beaverton, Ontario
Car Barn, Loops and Shops
- 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
- Wyatt, David A. "History of Regional Transit in Toronto, Ontario". Retrieved 2007-07-21.
|Radial Railways in Toronto
replaced by Toronto Transportation Commission