In General
Route Maps
Signals and Signs


In General

Location / Name:
Toronto ON

What's Here:
Extensive Streetcar System
Extensive Subway/Heavy Rail System
Toronto Union Station
VIA (Canada's equivalent to Amtrak)
GO (Regional Commuter System)
Union Pearson Express (DMU service to the airport)

GPS Coordinates:  as needed
Phone A/C: 647
ZIP: M5V 3M9 (at the CN Tower)

Access by train/transit:
TTC Streetcar
TTC Subway
Union Pearson Express

The Scoop:

Time.  That's what you need plenty of when you come to Toronto.  IF you are a transit fan, you will not want to leave.  If you are not a transit fan, shame on you!

One of the more interesting facts about the transit system in Toronto is the gauge, it is not standard gauge - it's slightly wider at 4'-10 7/8".

The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) took over from the Toronto Street Railway Company on September the 21st, 1921.

Movies and TV shows filmed in Toronto usually try to feature the streetcar system in their shots, even if only for a brief moment.  Two shows that stick out in my mind that are known to be in done here are "Transplant" (2020-) and "The Listener" (2010-2012).  As we're only three episodes into Transplant - I Haven't seen anything yet.  Almost every episode of the Listener had a shot of a streetcar, as the main character was an EMT driving around in an ambulance which gives them plenty of opportunity!

Weston Langford
Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:


The above map is available here as a PDF

Route Maps

The TTC Streetcar system used to have 11 lines, as noted below, but currently has 14.  I have both the older and newer versions of the maps, when I can find the older ones.  Obviously, the newer versions came from TTC's website.  The newer versions have a blue outline.









These pictures were taken in September of 2006, on a day visit from Buffalo, hardly enough time to do much of any serious railfanning, considering we stopped at the Radial Railway Museum and Hamilton on the trip too.

Shots from along King St in the CBD (central business district):






510 line  -- #4085 turning off of Charlotte St onto King:


Bridge on Bathurst St at Front St, going over the GO/VIA/CN tracks.  On the other side of the RR tracks is Fort York National Historic Site.  Along Front Street, you have one of the GO coach yards, with plenty of searchlight signals to take pictures of!

Weston Langford, 1970

Loop at the western end of the 506 line at Parkside and Howard Park Ave, which the trolley runs on coming to/from Dundas St W.


The shops off of The Queensway, where both King St and Queen St come together and end on the west side of town.




Signals and Signs

This was the only bonafide streetcar signal I saw all day, and no, I did not set up the shot :-)



Trackwork on King St.

Wire Work




I love the simplicity of the Canadian signs.

Phew.  Reminds me of the early, early 1900's!

Walk/Don't Walk signs are referred to as "hand-man" signs, and here we can see why.

Nice billboard on King St!


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my
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If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

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