During the construction at Victoria and Dundas sts, the streetcars were trundling down Church St, past the Ryerson Engineering building that I was studying in with a few friends. Easily in my top 10 streetcar shots of all times
Nice day to do homework outside
Kerr Hall North at Kerr Hall East, Ryerson Quad
So, March the 29th, 2014, marked the end of a 49 year era.
The 58 MALTON buses drove through the airport, raced down Dixon, and took me to Lawrence West station for the last time that Saturday. The service began in 1955 as a feeder for the residents of Malton to get to the suburban TTC buses (which took them to the urban TTC buses. Back then that was WAAAAYY out of the city). Then, it was expanded to serve until Weston Rd and Lawrence Ave, looping at the rail station and continuing west to McNaughton. When Pearson opened, it was the primary TTC service connecting the airport to the city, running from either McNaughton (58) or Terminal 2 (58A, back when Terminal 2 existed), to weston to board either the 89 WESTON trolley bus or the 52 LAWRENCE buses to the subway (It wasn’t known as 52 LAWRENCE WEST yet).
Eventually it grew into the route it is today, which is about where I come in. Way back when I was shorter and didn’t hit my head on things, I rode the 52/58/59 buses (Lawrence) or the 29 bus (Dufferin) every day. Every. Day. I’m not kidding, no one in my family drove so if I left the house it was on one of those buses. We’d joyride to the airport to watch the planes, see off friends and family, and welcome them back. I think I can safely say that I spent as much time on those buses as I did in bed!
Jump to today (or a few weeks ago, I guess) where the 58 evolves for the last time, but for the better of the area. The 52 LAWRENCE WEST absorbed the route, so now you can get from Pearson to the Yonge Subway in one ride, and it means more buses go to Yonge.
However, it was still a sad day, and another part of my childhood is erased from Toronto.
In the dark dark wood….
I asked my dad if we were going to take down our Christmas lights soon. He told me
"I like to think of those as winter lights. The colourful ones are for Christmas, but the white ones are just to bring light to the darker nights"
Christmas winter lights are one of my favourite things!
I keep forgetting just how beautiful much of the architecture around Ryerson is
Just another day at work.
I can’t believe I get paid to work with romkids
Guess who got their super awesome desktop recording setup done! Time for jams and online chatting where we can actually hear each other!
So I’m just leaving Sonic Boom, when all of the sudden I notice poor old TTC Orion V bus 7090. Needless to say, I grabbed some pics. This bus suffered from structural damage and was retired in March of 2012, and this was right after it was stripped and gutted, on it’s way to the scrap heap. As the driver was making his inspection, I noticed the run indicator rollsign (bottom left corner of the windshield) was still there, and he was nice enough to cut it out for me since the box itself was riveted in.
Here’s some pics of 7090 back when it was in service (from flikr, not mine). The rollsign is the one that says 33 in the bottom pic!
Took some time and rebuilt one of the hardest things to throw out after we flooded out: My sticker case! Actually managed to peel some of the old ones off of the flooded case before the mold set in and reglued them, the others I replaced, and some are new!