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506 Carlton 2017 Diversions

Text by James Bow

In 2017, the City of Toronto and TTC construction work blocked 506 CARLTON streetcars from portions of its line. The first diversion was initially planned between Broadview and Coxwell, to replace aging overhead starting on March 26, 2017, but this was deferred due to a shortage of buses. Then, on Sunday, June 10, 2017, two diversions came into force, with 506 CARLTON cars diverting via Dundas Street between College and Bathurst, and via Parliament, Queen and Coxwell. At this time, 501 QUEEN streetcar service had been replaced with buses due to construction projects of its own, so 506 CARLTON service provided the bulk of streetcar service for Queen Street between Parliament and Coxwell.

In July 2017, service resumed on Gerrard Street East between Parliament and Coxwell, but new construction blocked streetcar service between Coxwell and Main, forcing 506 CARLTON cars to turn south on Coxwell and loop through the Queen/Coxwell loop, with shuttle buses providing replacement service. Construction on Gerrard Street East wrapped up and regular streetcar service restored on July 28, 2017. The final section of construction was scheduled to end in October 2017, with the 506 CARLTON car planned to return to its regular routing on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

These photographs were taken to show 506 CARLTON making these unusual diversions.

506 Carlton 2017 Diversions Image Archive