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#Lego replica of a Toronto Transit Commission "Gloucester" subway car sitting on a seat inside the full sized version. These were the first subways operated in Toronto (and Canada) in 1954. Married pair #5098 and #5099 were the last G. cars retired by the T.T.C. in 1990, and were donated to the Halton County Radial Railway. Today they are on display and awaiting restoration.

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Another look at Transit Historian Trevor's #Lego replica of a 1947 T.T.C. "CC&F Brill" bus parked in front of Keele Station's hidden "Speed Ramp" travelator. When Keele Station opened in 1966, it was serviced by both diesel and electric-trolley versions of these buses. The ramp ran from the streetcar loop at the east exit up to the eastbound subway platform. Keele Station was the only T.T.C. building to have a sloped travelator, while Spadina Station had flat versions. The "Speed Ramp" was sealed off at both ends after only a couple years of use. Since Spadina's have been removed, the one hidden in Keele Station is the TTC's last travelator. All 100ft of the ramp is still intact, but it has not moved in 50 years.

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#Lego replica of a 1947 T.T.C. "CC&F Brill" bus parked in front of Keele Subway Station's hidden "Speed Ramp" travelator. When Keele Station opened in 1966, it was serviced by both diesel and electric-trolley versions of these buses. The ramp ran from the streetcar loop at the east exit up to the eastbound platform. Keele Station was the only T.T.C. building to have a sloped travelator, while Spadina Station had flat versions. The "Speed Ramp" was sealed off at both ends after only a couple years of use. Since Spadina's have been removed, the one hidden in Keele Station is the TTC's last travelator. All 100ft of the ramp is still intact, but it has not moved in 50 years.

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Transit Bricks creator Trevor the Time-Traveling Historian is now a @tdsb.on.ca Educational Partner. On Weds. Oct. 11th he taught 120 kindergartners about the history of the Toronto Transit Commission. He is available to give presentations to any grade in any TDSB school around Toronto. Message Transit Bricks for more info!

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Yesterday Transit Historian Trevor gave TTC history presentations to 4 kindergarten classes at McMurrich Jr. Public School. That was 120 little kids enlightened on our city's transit heritage. Their favorite parts of the talk were the Lego models and videos. Trevor is a TDSB Educational Partner and is available for hire. Contact Transit Bricks for more info!

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#Repost from @legocopgta. "It took me more than 3 years to complete this streetcar model. Today, it will be the last post featuring it. As you can see, our teams are here to farewell the legacy streetcar. If you like to see lego buses and streetcar, give @Transitbricks a follow, they are the real experts in building these lego models. Next post we will be back to lego coppers. Have a good one! 🤗"

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3 generations of Toronto Transit Commission buses replicated in #Lego by Trevor the Transit Historian. (L to R) 2006 "Orion 7" hybrid bus #1065, 1947 "CanCar Brill" bus #1100, and 1922 "5th Ave" motorcoach #9. The buses all have Junction routes on them, as that is where Trevor grew up.

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On Wednesday October 3rd 2018 Transit Historians Trevor PS and Dave Reigate gave a T.T.C. history presentation to the @swansea_history Society. The 1 hour talk was held in the @swanseatownhall and featured Lego replicas of Toronto's buses and streetcars. Stay tuned for more public presentations!

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Transit Bricks' first illuminated #Lego bus is ready for service! This model of bus is based on the T.T.C.'s retro "Brill" bus, built by the Canadian Car and Foundry in 1947. "Trolley coach" versions of this bus operated on Annette Street until they were replaced in the 1970s.

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On Wednesday October 3rd Transit Bricks' #Lego fleet was on display for the @swansea_history Society. The models were a part of the presentation given by Transit Historians Trevor and Dave inside @swanseatownhall. Stay tuned for upcoming exhibits!

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Today the Toronto Transit Commission held an open house at their Streetcar Overhead shop on Alliance Ave. The event included guided tours, a virtual subway simulator, and a BBQ. The Transit Bricks' Lego A.L.R.V. made a surprise appearance as well!

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2 #Lego replicas of T.T.C. buses parked out front of the @toronto_archives. The archives was founded in 1960 and is located on Spadina Road just south of Davenport. They have a massive collection of photos and documents covering Toronto's history since the 1790s. If you want to research your home or neighborhood, look them up online! The archives can be reached by the 127 Davenport bus.

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This Wednesday October 3rd the legendary Transit Historian @davereigate will be making an appearance at @swanseatownhall. Dave has been a dedicated volunteer for the Halton County Radial Railway for over 25 years and has operated most of its vehicles. The Lego model he is holding is based off one of the TTC "Peter Witt" streetcars that he operates regularly at the museum. Dave and Trevor will be giving a TTC history presentation hosted by the @swansea_history Society. 8pm to 9pm. The talk is free and all are welcome!

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On Wednesday October 3rd 2018 Transit Historians Trevor PS and Dave Reigate will be giving a T.T.C. history presentation at @swanseatownhall. The talk is free and hosted by the @swansea_history Society.8pm to 9pm in the basement of 95 Lavinia Avenue, just south of Bloor and Runnymede. The Transit Bricks Lego models will be on display as well.

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#ThrowbackThursday to Transit Bricks last visit to the Halton County Radial Railway. The museum operates on old Toronto Railway Company open-streetcar during the warmer seasons. These summer cars ran in Toronto during the 1890s and 1910s, before being outlawed in 1915. In 1934 the TTC built a replica of #327 and its trailer #11, as the originals were lost in a fire. In the 1960s #11 was donated to the @shorelinetrolleyinsta and #327 went to the HCRR.

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5 of the 15 Lego transit models Trevor brought out to the @thechurchto for the Raizing Arrows Homeschool group. Left to right: 2013 Articulated Novabus, 2014 Flexity Outlook L.R.V., 2006 Orion 7 hybrid bus, 1988 Articulated L.R.V., and 1954 Gloucester subway car. They will be on display again next week at the @swansea_history meeting.

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On Monday Sept. 24th Transit Historian Trevor gave a TTC history presentation to the young students at the Raizing Arrows Homeschool group. In this shot Trevor is showing the kids Toronto's long lost horse-drawn streetcars and is holding his Lego replica of one. Trevor is a TDSB Educational Partner and is available for hire. Send a message to Transit Bricks for more info!

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Here's another look at Trevor teaching transit history to kids using his Lego replicas of TTC vehicles. The CLRV streetcar drove in circles on a track while the students of the Raizing Arrows Homeschool group stared in awe. Trevor is a TDSB Educational Partner and is available for hire! Send a message to Transit Bricks for more info!

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