Wow, that's quite a find. Really gives you a sense of the entire neighbourhood before Mt Pleasant punched through the South Dr/Scarth Rd circle.When my family moved in to their house, it came with an old property map of the neighbourhood, South Rosedale, from June 1905. It's an interesting account of who's who in early Toronto, and the migration of certain families north into the more secluded 'suburb' of Rosedale from the increasingly busy streets of Jarvis and Sherbourne.
I believe this is the same abandoned railway that you mentioned (CNoR).So I was flipping through the annals of images in my hard drive and stumbled on a 1954 map of Toronto and region railway lines that I had saved. What caught my eye was the dashed line through Taylor Creek from northern Scarboro to the forks of the Don River. I thought I knew our valleys, but this was news to me.
Not much info about this stretch online. It appears to be section of the short-lived Canadian Northern Railway as it traveled north from Don Station, and it was closed well before this map was published. But nevertheless I thought it was surprising that there was a line through Taylor Creek. I don’t think I’ve seen it mapped or acknowledged anywhere, and there’s almost no conspicuous evidence in the valley that a railway passed through.
I’m assuming it was discussed previously on this site, and perhaps this post belongs in another thread. But just thought I’d share:
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Here's someone who tried to follow the ROW through Taylor Creek Park.Okay cool. Thanks a lot for the replies and images. TBH I was actually mostly interested in the valley section of Taylor Creek from the Don to Vic Park - (where it seems a high-tension transmission line was built in its place). But this is all very interesting nonetheless.
That is correct. The CNoR bought up the Belt Line Railway ROW through the Don Valley and built both the Orono Subdivision (part of the the eastern line towards Ottawa and Montreal) and the Bala Subdivision out of it. The CNoR actually bought a lot of railways that neither Grand Trunk or Canadian Pacific wanted between Toronto and Montreal, and pieced together a railway linking the most useful bits together. The Bala Sub is now part of CN's western mainline, but except for sections used by VIA Rail (Smiths Falls to Ottawa) and AMT (the Deux-Montagnes line), the CNoR through southern Ontario is otherwise gone. The Grand Trunk had the older and superior route.I think you are right.