51 Main (1927-1961)

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Compiled by Peter Coulman
Originally Posted by Alan Gryfe

May 1, 1927

The City of Toronto identifies a need for a north-south connection in the east end of the city, but the topography was too steep for streetcar operation. Instead, service begins on a new bus route operating from Danforth Avenue and Main Street via south on Main, south on Southwood and west on Williamson, looping clockwise via south on Wineva, west on Queen, north on Hambly and east on Williamson. Service operates 7 days a week, 18 hours a day.

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A 51 MAIN bus transfer, circa 1950. Donated by Pete Coulman.

October 1, 1933

Operation transferred from Sherbourne to Davenport garage.

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July 20, 1940

Service extended south of Queen to provide service to Kew Beach, looping clockwise via west on Hubbard, north on Lee and east on Queen to Hambly. Service operates weekends and holidays only, during July and August.

M A I N

DANFORTH
Q U E E N

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

M A I N

DANFORTH
BEACHES

Weekends and holidays
(July and August only)

June 19, 1942

The TTC cancels operation of the summer extension south of Queen.

September 10, 1945

Operation reverts to Sherbourne garage.

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January 1, 1954

Looping at the north end extended to run counterclockwise via east on Danforth, north on Barrington and west on Doncaster to Main.

M A I N

LUMSDEN
Q U E E N

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

July 1, 1956

Route assigned to the newly opened Birchmount Garage.

September 9, 1956

Assigned route number 51

M A I N

51

LUMSDEN
Q U E E N

7 days a week, 18 hours a day

November 25, 1956

On this day, 3 buses are assigned to provide a ten minute base service, increasing to every six minutes during rush hours, using 5 buses. The 6.7 mile round trip is scheduled for 30 minutes.

May 20, 1961

Last day of operation. Route combined with 62 MORTIMER the next day to form 62 MORTIMER-MAIN.


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