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    I thought I'd start a thread here for any interesting or mind boggling photos of the subway from the Toronto Archives online...

    I found these two... they seem to be two alternatives for the subway to cross a valley and an expressway... but it's NOT the DVP... I'm trying to figure out where it is.... it's obviously underneath one of the defunct freeways though... ideas?



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    Quote Originally Posted by 299 bloor call control. View Post
    I thought I'd start a thread here for any interesting or mind boggling photos of the subway from the Toronto Archives online...

    I found these two... they seem to be two alternatives for the subway to cross a valley and an expressway... but it's NOT the DVP... I'm trying to figure out where it is.... it's obviously underneath one of the defunct freeways though... ideas?
    That highway bridge reminds me of Hoggs Hollow.. However, I have no clue as to the subway in that shot.. Maybe a different alignment of the northbound extension of Yonge in the 70s?

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    Bingo.

    They were figuring out ways to cross the West Don. The highway is the 401.

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    Yeah, i realized that after I saw some other photos further down the stream (ha!) of the York Mills diversion of the Don.
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    Well now that my mystery is solved, here's a couple interesting pics:

    1) Thank god for the PATH... I'd hate to be lining up like that just to get into the station.. Though the "Canada's Future" sign above the line is eerily fortelling...


    2) We don't see colour photos from this era much.. here's one of a Gloucester train at Bloor Station (pre-BD) and one of unfinished tiles at St Patrick

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    Wow do I ever wish the second one was built through Hoggs Hollow. Would have provided great views especially in the summer and fall.

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    Thanks for these. Photo of the day will be easy to do for the next little while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed007Toronto View Post
    Wow do I ever wish the second one was built through Hoggs Hollow. Would have provided great views especially in the summer and fall.
    wouldn't snow be an issue though?
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    So York Mills would've been a surface station instead of a horribly deep one.

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    Plenty of sections of the subway go outside. This wouldn't be any different. The occasional issue with snow would more than be made up by the views the rest of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prometheus The Supremo View Post
    wouldn't snow be an issue though?
    It'd be the same as the Old Mill bridge across the Humber.

    Though snow was one of the reasons they plugged up the skylights on the Rosedale Ravine bridge.... and that leads to another interesting shot:

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    I really wished the TTC would consider making all the new subway and streetcars that Gloucester Red. They look so classy with the ttc font in the yellow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 299 bloor call control. View Post
    Well now that my mystery is solved, here's a couple interesting pics:

    1) Thank god for the PATH... I'd hate to be lining up like that just to get into the station.. Though the "Canada's Future" sign above the line is eerily fortelling...
    I was trying to figure that one out--ah, it's Dickinson's Prudential Building at King + Yonge...

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    here are some Eaton's windows on Yonge Street, celebrating the opening of the subway in 1954(?)






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    I wonder if Walmart will be doing similar store displays upon the opening of the VCC Station?
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