Wilson Yard

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Wilson Complex, viewed from a southbound train

Coordinates: 43°44′21″N 79°27′16″W / 43.73917°N 79.45444°W / 43.73917; -79.45444

Wilson Yard (also known as the Wilson Complex) is the largest of Toronto Transit Commission's three subway yards and bus garage.[1] The subway yard services subway cars on the Yonge–University line.[2][3] The facility is located on Transit Rd. north of Wilson Ave, in the former city of North York (now Toronto), between Wilson and Downview stations.[4][5][6]

The site is on a large parcel of land first developed as an airport, in 1936.[7] During World War II the airport was turned into a military facility, most often known as Canadian Forces Base Downsview. The site became available around the 1970s.

In 1974 the TTC considered interim expedients for storage of subway vehicles, until the Wilson Yard became available.[8]

The 60-acre (240,000 m2) yard was completed in 1976 and began operations in 1977.[1] The facility also houses a bus barn and maintenance facilities for subway cars.

Construction of a new training building, simulator and modifications to the car house and yard are currently being made to accommodate the new Toronto Rocket trains.[9]

Subway division facilities[edit]

Rolling stock[edit]

Wilson Yard is home to approximately half the commission's fleet of trains and work cars.[10] The yard regularly houses most of the new Toronto Rocket subway cars. It also houses some disused and outdated equipment.[11]

Bus division facilities[edit]

  • The 230,000-square-foot (21,000 m2) garage
  • 2 wash racks, 2 fuelling stations for diesel, 1 fuelling station for CNG
  • a Eurovac system
  • 11 40-foot hoists, 3 60-foot hoists
  • 4 inspection pit stations

See also[edit]

Toronto Transit Commission facilities


  1. ^ a b Godfrey Mallion, James Bow (2015-06-25). "The Wilson Bus Garage and Subway Yard". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2016-07-24. Given this and expected future growth, the TTC knew that a lot of space would be required for the complex. The alignment of the Spadina subway opened up an intriguing possibility of using largely vacant land beside Downsview Airport. Sixty acres were chosen north of Wilson Avenue and west of Wilson Heights Boulevard. 
  2. ^ Sunshine, Fannie. "OUR EXCLUSIVE LOOK: Keele and Finch most affected by subway extension". Inside Toronto. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Mike Filey (2012). "Toronto Sketches 11: "The Way We Were"". Dundurn Press. p. 161. ISBN 9781459707658. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  4. ^ Jai Centeno, Chris. "TTC subway crash sends 2 to hospital". Toronto Star. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Mike Filey (23 April 2014). Mike Filey's Toronto Sketches. Dundurn. pp. 369–370. ISBN 978-1-4597-2949-0. 
  6. ^ "Wilson Yard Expansion Project". Bondfield. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Mike Filey (2002). A Toronto Album 2: More Glimpses of the City That Was. Dundurn Press. p. 57. ISBN 9781770701205. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  8. ^ "A review of proposed additions to Toronto's subway system". Metropolitan Toronto Transportation Plan Review. 1974. p. 21. Retrieved 2016-07-31. Additional cars, without additional storage facilities at Kipling or Wilson, could be accommodated, to a limited degree, with "on-line" storage, until completion of the Wilson yard. 
  9. ^ http://www3.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Commission_reports_and_information/Commission_meetings/2008/Jul_10_2008/Supplementary_Reports/Wilson_Carhouse_Expa.pdf
  10. ^ http://www3.ttc.ca/PDF/Transit_Planning/Service_Summary_2010_03_28.pdf
  11. ^ Bateman, Chris. "Where to find abandoned TTC buses and subway trains". Blog TO. Retrieved 31 July 2016.