A comment from David O’Rourke in the post about the radial line to Sutton drew a response from John F. Bromley who I thank for the information here. It has been edited slightly.
In 1911, North Toronto, not yet part of the City of Toronto, battled with the T&YRR over the railway’s attempt to build a separate private right-of-way for their Metropolitan line, 100 feet west of Yonge Street. The town wanted the line to be double-tracked on the street itself while all the railway wanted was passing sidings.
Telegram June 26, 1911 Page 17 (also June 27, page 17): ORB [Ontario Railway Board] decided today to allow Metropolitan PRW deviation south of Farnham.
Tely Sept 27, 1911 P5: Metropolitan to get double track through North Toronto, decides North Toronto council “last evening”. T&YRR wants to divert the line to a private right of way 100′ west of Yonge. And, it develops later, T&YRR doesn’t want double track.
Star Sept 29, 1911 P9: T&YRR want lengthened sidings, not double track. JFB Note: their reasoning is obvious; they have to pay the town of North Toronto $600 per mile of single track.
Star Oct 17, 1911 P7: ORB says Metropolitan may have PRW between Balmoral and Farnham but must depress or elevate their tracks.
Toronto World May 24, 1912 PP 1 & 11: Plans for the new North Toronto Station were announced; it will cost $2,000,000. A grade separation project is also announced for North Toronto.
World June 7, 1912 P1: North Toronto is to vote on Saturday, July 6 for or against double track for the Metropolitan line and regarding annexation to the City of Toronto.
Star June 15, 1912 P6: ORB allows Metropolitan to come into the Toronto terminal on PRW beginning at Farnham and to be built 800′ to the west of Yonge, with grade crossings. The City is livid!
Star June 27, 1912 P1: City and T&YRR may go to war over new Metropolitan PRW track: T&YRR was instructed by ORB to start work no later than July 10; the city may ask police to stop the work.
Tely June 28, 1912 P21: Police at crossings to prevent work.
World July 8, 1912 P1: North Toronto rejects double track 815-332 but accepts annexation. (JFB Note: presumably the T&YRR were pleased as they didn’t want it anyway).
Star July 10, 1912 P1: T&YRR begins to tear down two houses on their new off-street PRW, in spite of city-ordered police surveillance being in place to advise the city if T&YRR starts work on 120710 as required by the ORB.
Star September 21, 1912 P2: Metropolitan PRW is proceeding; most property needed now acquired.
Star January 15 1913 P1: T&YRR case at Osgoode Hall upheld – T&YRR can lengthen their sidings and need not install double track in North Toronto.
Star February 13, 1913 P1: City wins suit: T&YRR Metropolitan cannot deviate on the new line to North Toronto Station as the ORB order was overturned at Osgoode Hall. T&YRR is out $200,000 for the cost of the work done to date, and may appeal to the Privy Council.
Star February 14, 1913 PP 1&2: R C Harris [this is the same person who was responsible for many public works in Toronto, and after whom the filtration plant at Victoria Park is named] and police force the T&YRR to stop work on the new deviation. T&YRR may continue work on the PRW but not on the street crossings. So far, rails have been laid to Walker and include a crossover north of Walker.
Star March 10, 1913 P14: T&YRR offers the city a double track on Yonge from city limits. If the city agrees, T&YRR is to offer to surrender their franchise if they can obtain running rights on the city line.
Star April 5, 1913: P11 City and T&YRR can’t agree on Yonge double track; city had agreed to a double track, with MET running rights, but now T&YRR wants to own one of the tracks.
My notes don’t include anything further. My recollection is that T&YRR lost their appeal at the Privy Council.
John also directed me to photos of this diversion from 1913 in the City Archives.
Other views of the T&YRR from the archives:
The terminal at Birch Avenue which is just north of the CPR tracks (ca. 1905).
Looking south from 1/2 mile south of Finch’s Corner (Yonge and Finch) (1918). This is probably close to “North York Centre”.
Yonge & Jefferson (ca. 1918)
Near Aurora (after 1900)