Queensway Garage

Text by Godfrey Mallion
Revised by Jelo Gutierrez Cantos

Queensway Garage, the TTC's sixth garage, is located on Evans Avenue in Etobicoke. The facility opened on January 23, 1966, replacing the aging Parkdale Garage. Queensway's 125,000 square foot facility has 1 wash rack, 1 diesel fueling station, and 14 40-foot hoists for its' 165 buses. Buses in the NFIL D40-LF and OBI - ORION VII DSL (ISL) series are housed here.

Queensway Division operates these routes as of September 1, 2010: 192 AIRPORT ROCKET, 49 BLOOR WEST, 300 BLOOR-DANFORTH NIGHT, 50 BURNHAMTHORPE, 145 DOWNTOWN / HUMBER BAY EXPRESS, 111 EAST MALL, 15 EVANS, 110 ISLINGTON SOUTH, 45 KIPLING, 44 KIPLING SOUTH, 30 LAMBTON, 66 PRINCE EDWARD, 80 QUEENSWAY, 48 RATHBURN, 73 ROYAL YORK, 76 ROYAL YORK SOUTH, 123 SHORNCLIFFE, and 112 WEST MALL.


Queensway Garage Image Archive

Queensway Maintenance Area

Here is a view of the maintaince area of Queensway Garage. This is were buses are repaired and have their engines maintained. This photo was taken when the 1981 D-901s were at the end of their active service life, 8426 is seen here being prepared to be sent to the scrap heap. Photo by Brad O'Brien.

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At Queensway garage in August 1986, Flyer FIL D800-B bus #8232 rests alongside Flyer FIL D901 bus#8387. The former bears a 111 EAST MALL rollsign while the latter displays a rarely photographed 311 ISLINGTON BLUE NIGHT exposure. Photo donated by Pete Coulman.

GM New Look
 visiting Queensway Garage

This GM New Look is a rare visitor to Queensway Garage in 1999. It is actually a change-off for a Queensway bus which broke down earlier on the northern portion of the 45 KIPLING route. It is seen here waiting to be taken back 'home' to Arrow Road Garage. The traffic office portion of Queensway is visible in the background. Photo by Brad O'Brien.

Flyers wait to enter service

Flyer D-40-89 bus #6489 and D-901 bus #6046 are ready to enter service for the afternoon rush hour. Visitors from Arrow Road can be seen in the background. Photo by Brad O'Brien.

A Flyer parade!

This view shows the various Flyer models which have operated out of Queensway division over the years. Starting from Left to Right: D-800B 8257, D-901 (1981) 8391, D-901 (sightseeing)8480, D-901 (1985) 6118 and D-40-87 6352. Photo by Brad O'Brien.

Retirement Yard

This is the area where buses are stored after retirement. All usable parts such as electronic signs, CIS units, Recaro seats and perhaps engine parts are removed and the bus waits to be towed away by the scrapper. 8251, stripped of all valuable parts, awaits it's destiny. Photo by Brad O'Brien.

Specially restored Flyer 8257

The Employees of Queensway Garage, took extra time to restore D-800B 8257 to make it an historic heritage bus. It was the last D-800B to be in TTC service and operated almost 2 years after her sisters were retried. It was chartered twice by transit enthusiast groups and used in special events such as the UITP '99 Exhibition. It was finally donated to the Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation in the summer of 1999, where it will be preserved, hopefully, in operating condition. Photo by Brad O'Brien.


Sources

  • Boutilier, Robert, Bus Maintenance and Shops - 1999 Insider's Guide
  • The Coupler, TTC Employee Magazine, various issues

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