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Toronto's Radial Railways

Toronto's Radial Railways

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Toronto's Radial Railways

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted September, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Halton
The Town of Milton
At the entrance to the Halton County Radial Railway Museum
on Guelph Line (Road 1), 5 km south of Highway 7
14 km north of Highway 401

Coordinates: N 43 34.768 W 80 06.821


Plaque Text

Electric railway service on routes radiating from Toronto began in 1889. Within 20 years, the Toronto and York Radial Railway Company operated lines north on Yonge Street to Sutton, with a branch to Schomberg; from the east end of Toronto to West Hill; and from Sunnyside to Port Credit. In 1917, the Toronto Suburban Railway Company completed its line from west Toronto to Guelph; it also had a route to Woodbridge. These companies operated about 185 km of trackage. Because they failed to reach downtown Toronto, the radials fell easy prey to through inter-urban highway bus service after 1925. Most services were discontinued in the 1930's. The last, from Toronto to Richmond Hill, was abandoned in 1948.

Related Toronto plaque
The Kingston Road Radial



Milton Plaques

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> Posted February 3, 2011
Fun place to see trains, and take the kids a on a train ride

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