Transit Toronto Bus Pages
The end of an era. Roman Fomin captured this image from Mount Dennis garage as the last of the General Motors “New Look” buses were retired from the TTC’s fleet. Here, we see buses like 2290 and 2299 awaiting to be carted away for the scrapper’s torch.
And it’s a bit of an end of the era for this website as well. Recently, we uploaded the chronological history of the 72 PAPE route, compiled by Pete Coulman and Jeffrey Kay, along with histories of EDWARDS GARDENS, HIGH PARK, AQUATIC PARK and 56 LEASIDE.
And with that, we are done! Well, almost. In 2005, with permission, I started gathering route histories that had been compiled by Jeffrey Kay and posted by Alan Gryfe. By December of that year, we had a sum total of around ten route histories displayed, including 1 ARMOUR HEIGHTS, 125 DREWRY and the original EGLINTON. Now, with this last batch, we now have 298 bus route histories, have covered all of the bus routes that were numbered under the TTC’s current numbering system, and all of the other routes the TTC introduced since coming into being in 1921. Even the very funky X1 PRINCESS MARGARET EXPRESS, all of it is now on this web page.
Well, as far as we know. The history of the TTC is large and Byzantine. We know that we don’t have the listings for many school specials, or the many iterations of the buses going to the “RACES”, and there may have been a special route that slipped past our radar. Moreover, this is going to be an ongoing project keeping everything up-to-date as the TTC changes its services every month — not to mention, the special services planned later this month to serve the Pan-Am Games. Still, we have gathered a mammoth amount of information and I think we deserve to pause a little to give ourselves a pat on the back.
None of this would have been possible without some very hard work from some very dedicated people, and I hope I don’t miss anybody here. I would like to thank Pete Coulman and Jeffrey Kay for their tireless research and wealth of knowledge, Mike Vainchtein for his dedication to gathering original source materials that proved invaluable, John Calnan for his wonderful route history maps, Jelo Gutierrez Cantos for helping ensure these histories remain up-to-date with the latest developments, and Alan Gryfe for starting the ball rolling with the first version of this route history website. We also would like to thank everybody who donated photographs and scans of materials related to the route histories, though these people are so numerous, I must apologize in advance if I forget anybody, but thanks to Pete Coulman, Jeffrey Kay, Roman Fomin, John Calnan, Jelo Gutierrez Cantos, Rob Hutchinson, Kevin Nicol, Bob Hussey, Robert McMann, Peter Cox and many more. You know who you are. Thank you!
Again, this is only a brief pause for a pat on the back before the work continues. Pages will continue to be updated as needed, and photos are always welcome. If you have something that you would like to donate, please contact us and let us know.