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Old Eglinton Garage
Toronto Transit Commission

Sitting just to the south of the abandoned Eglinton Station Bus Bays is a building that stands out from the residential surrounding it, and the newer office buildings just to the east. Built in an older style of architecture that catches the eye, this building is a now-forgotten garage for the Toronto Transit Commission.

Location attributes for Old Eglinton Garage
Location   Toronto, Ontario
Built :: Closed   1922 :: 2002
Status   Closed
Difficulty   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Hazards Risk   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Security Risk   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
AUE Rating   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

One of the first properties the TTC (back then the Toronto Transportation Commission) built shortly after inception, Eglinton Carhouse was originally built for the radial network of streetcars. Upon abandonment of the streetcar radials, and with the replacement of streetcars on Yonge St with the subway, Eglinton later became the home of both electric trolley buses and diesel buses.

It wasn't until 2002 century that the former garage started being referred to as "Old Eglinton", when the TTC opened it's new garage in Scarborough. Originally slated to be called Comstock Garage, the name was switched at the last minute to Eglinton Garage (or "New Eglinton" as many employees refer to it). It was also at this time that operations ceased at Old Eglinton.

Not that the building hasn't seen some activity. Part of the facility has since been converted into the new bus platforms for Eglinton Station due to structural instability at the old ones. You can somewhat tell this by looking at the new platforms, as the construction methods (concrete walls) don't match up with the older section (brick walls).

Getting into the old section takes a miracle... there is no way in other than to know someone who has access. And even then, that takes a lot of work as the property is tightly controlled and no one wants security cracking down on them. Many staffers are worried about the photos being leaked online, triggering such an event... and that is why this page is available only to a select few (and I may further lock it down if it becomes a concern).

So enjoy the photos... but they do not exist if anyone asks.

Trade Secret - August 2010 (Extra Restricted Content)
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