Birchmount Garage

Text by Godfrey Mallion
Revised by Jelo Gutierrez Cantos

Ray Corley reports that “Vehicles for the new Birchmount Garage were moved to the facility at Birchmount Avenue and Danforth Road, from the Woodbine Garage (originally the Hollinger Bus Lines Garage - O’Connor Drive and Woodbine Avenue) on May 31, 1956. Buses operated from the Birchmount Garage starting on June 1, 1956. An official opening was held on August 2 1956.”

The 89,500 square foot garage has 2 wash racks, 2 fueling stations, a UWE heating system for buses stored outdoors, 10 40-foot hoists, and 4 insection pit stations.

OBI - ORION VII DSL (S50EGR) and OBI - ORION VII NG DSL (ISL) vehicles form the current 233 bus fleet:

  • #7703-#7793, #7795-#7882 (2005)
  • #8100-#8154 (2010)

Originally the KENNEDY, BRIMLEY, PHARMACY, CLIFFSIDE, DAWES, and SCARBORO routes operated from this garage.

As of March 1, 2014, Birchmount Division operates the following routes: BELLAMY, BLOOR-DANFORTH (NIGHT), BROADVIEW, BRIMLEY, CLIFFSIDE, COSBURN, COXWELL, COXWELL (NIGHT), DANFORTH ROAD-McCOWAN (NIGHT), DANFORTH, DAWES, DOWNTOWN/BEACH EXPRESS, GERRARD, GREENWOOD, JONES, KINGSTON ROAD, MAIN, MARKHAM ROAD, McCOWAN, MIDLAND, MORTIMER, PARLIAMENT, PHARMACY NORTH, THORNCLIFFE PARK, VICTORIA PARK, VICTORIA PARK (NIGHT), WARDEN SOUTH, WOODBINE, and WOODBINE SOUTH.


Birchmount Garage Image Archive


References:

  • Boutilier, Robert, Bus Maintenance and Shops - 1999 Insider’s Guide
  • Corley, Ray, Superintendent of Design and Development (Ret.), TTC.
  • The Coupler, TTC Employee Magazine, various issues

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