The last major track project for 2014 on Toronto’s streetcar system is underway on Bathurst Street. During the first phase which began October 20, Wolseley Loop just north of Queen Street will be replaced. The second phase will run from November 3 to 20 for the replacement of the intersection at Dundas Street.
Updated November 10, 2014: Work at Dundas and Bathurst has progressed to the point that the new intersection almost completely assembled. Photos have been added at the end of the article.
The 511 Bathurst car has been operating with buses since the schedule change on October 12. Diversions for the work are:
- 511 buses operate southbound via Dundas, Spadina and Richmond to Bathurst; northbound via Adelaide, Spadina and Dundas.
- The 511 diversion is extended north to College and Spadina.
- The 505 Dundas car diverts both ways via Spadina and College to rejoin its normal route at Lansdowne. There will be no service on Dundas Street between Spadina and Lansdowne.
The 310 Bathurst Night Bus will follow the same diversions as the 511 daytime service.
Wolseley Loop Construction
These photos were taken on October 23 as the new loop was taking shape.
Looking north on Bathurst across the loop entrance.
Northeast into Wolseley Loop. Off-street loops on corners like this one are now quite rare in the TTC system. Many loops have shifted into subway stations or been lost as the network contracted.
“Guerilla gardens” pop up on bits of public property around Toronto courtesy of the neighhbours.
Looking east into the loop. This has one of the few remaining “old style” operator’s washrooms (the small green building in the corner).
Saw-cutting the end of existing rails to make a clean face for welding to the new track.
November 9, 2014
Looking south on Bathurst across Dundas.
Looking east on Dundas across Bathurst. The jog east of the intersection is one of several places where the once-separate streets that now make up Dundas were joined together.
Another view east across Dundas. The high rise in the background is the new Aura condo at Yonge and Gerrard.
Looking northeast across the intersection with Toronto Western Hospital in the background.
Looking north on Bathurst.
Looking west on Dundas with thermite welding of intersection components in progress.