Friday, October 26, 2018

Weekend Roundup

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1. Starts with "Q"
2. A Favorite

For the letter of the week for this round I am going to go with all things TTC, Toronto Transit Corporation.

The things I've learned doing this TTC series and visiting stations I have never been to before.

Starts with "Q"

Queens Quay is an underground streetcar station and is the only underground streetcar station that is not part of or connected to a Toronto subway station (Union, Spadina, and St. Clair West subway stations have underground stations for streetcars as well). It was opened in 1990 as part of the former Harbourfront LRT route.

Queens Quay is a unique station in Toronto because it is served by streetcars rather than subways. It is the only station to have a pedestrian crossing between platforms at track level, as there is no electrified rail to contend with. Streetcars crossing the pedestrian walkway must stop and sound their gong before proceeding; Union-bound streetcars stop immediately after rounding a sharp curve, ring their gong, and proceed into the stopping zone to load and unload passengers. Exhibition- and Spadina-bound streetcars enter the station, load and unload passengers, ring their gong, then proceed out of the station.

Queens Quay is also the only station in Toronto that does not have any employee washrooms or an employee lunchroom, as there is no collector on duty at the station. The streetcar platform is not in a fare-paid zone, so passengers boarding pay their fare on board the streetcar.

About 25 cars have driven down Queens Quay tunnel tracks since 2014, TTC says, which means 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina streetcars have to be diverted.The TTC said it has already taken a number of measures to prevent drivers from entering the tunnel, including posting additional large signs, lowering the pole lights on both sides of the entrance and installing a flashing light on a black-and-yellow striped rectangular pole sign in the centre of the entrance.

Photos found online.

In October 2018, the TTC completed the final testing of drop-down gates that will open only for streetcars. These should make it "next to impossible for motorists to mistakenly find their way into the TTC streetcar tunnel on Queens Quay", according to a spokesperson.

Right...we're taking bets on when the first car finds their way!!!!


We had lunch at a Toronto icon on Queen St. West last week, I don't know why we hadn't been there before! We will be going back! It is very quaint!

The site now occupied by the Queen Mother Cafe has had a building on it from at least 1850. Originally it was a wooden structure which did not have a street number since that designation only came into effect in Toronto in 1861. The present brick edifice was built about 1880 in the Second Empire architectural style as reflected in its mansard roofing. That building has remained an enduring presence in the ever changing Toronto urban core.

Showcased in the restaurant’s entryway are artifacts discovered in the location during a series of renovations. A timeline listing the dates and tenants over the lifespan of the site to this day has been painted on the walls that surround the display.


There is a vast quantity of junk in this stores on Queen St. West!

One always needs a rubber duck quacking at you! I know, it's a rubber chicken...


  1. It won't take long for a car to get into that tunnel. I've never been in that station.

  2. I've never been in that station! And haven't been to the Queen Mother in years!

  3. If you know it's a duck, fine. My first impression was that it's a rubber chicken. Love learning about the tunnel.

  4. ...oh boy, how dumb can some drivers be! The 'Queen Mother Cafe' building is gorgeous, I'm a fab of Second Empire style! What a shame it would be is Toronto's growth turn this beauty into a highrise condo. Wonderful history on the doors. What a great junk store, how do they inventory the place? Thanks Jackie for stopping by, enjoy.

  5. You found some great Q's for sure!

  6. A car on the line. now dumb is that Jackie. Now that is QUite a lot of jumk in that shop. have a great weekend.

  7. Nice pictures, Jackie. I think that I would like to visit Queens Quay Station and surrounding. Too bad the cars come in. Maybe the small Isetta like and sized car could negotiate a small gate. Enjoy your train rides this week, you posts are super nice. Thank you.

  8. I love old buildings, the Queen Mother Café is very pretty, I bet the food is good, too! We live very close to Boston, many old buildings and tons of history in that city! Such a fun place to visit! Have a good week, Jackie!

  9. Another Q station and what an interesting story. With my luck, I would be one of those drivers that found their way into the tunnel. I hope the gates work. Love the Queen Mother Cafe!

  10. Wonderful way for you to fill in the Q...

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