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Newmarket Radial Railway arch – An odd structure in the middle of Newmarket

November 2019

In the middle of Newmarket, Ontario, sits an odd looking arch structure crossing over the Holland River. This structure was once a part of early public transportation system in the Greater Toronto Area.

Built in 1909 by the Toronto and York Radial Railway (T&YRR) Company, this reinforced concrete arch was built as a trestle bridge support for the Metropolitan Line running to Sutton, where it crossed the Holland River in Newmarket.

Spanning 50 feet, with a height of 23 feet, the arch was one of the earliest arches of its type in Canada.

The Toronto Transportation Commission (the predecessor of the Toronto Transit Commission) took over operation of the Metropolitan Line in 1927, re-naming it the Lake Simcoe line.

After the line was shut down in 1930, the trestle was demolished, leaving the arch behind as a lonely monument to this former transportation line.

The arch was designated for preservation in 1979 by the Town of Newmarket and the South Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority and today, it serves as a monument to our railway transportation heritage.

Sources: http://ontarioplaques.com/Plaques/Plaque_York17.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan_Street_Railway_(Toronto), https://hikingthegta.com/2016/09/11/toronto-york-radial-railway/?fbclid=IwAR2d2-jZ9D0gjCkDhN6ZokSXHCj2fdN4jHqqpYL0_0mGFSswmOlta9hIWl4.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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