A few weeks back I traced the existing active section of the GECO branch from Comstock to the Uxbridge sub. This weekend I followed the path of the removed section to see what would remain 16 years later.
With Google maps, the rail bed can be traced fairly easily and the in between reclaimed sections are easy to interpolate from it's satellite view. On foot, it's not so easy. I cached the satellite view on my phone, grabbed the Sony cam too, just in case I met some traffic on the active lines, and went off towards the southern connection point.
I wound my way south to along the Danforth then east to Danforth Road. Near Warden, I could hear a short unit, maybe engine(s) only, heading along the Kingston line but wasn't yet in position to catch it. A bit later I found Milne Avenue near where the spur connected up with the Kingston line tracks. An industrial building occupied the section just north of the switch and I wasn't about to enter to see if I could spot any remnant of the switch bed, with 'private property' sounds in abundance.
Edit: I found this image on Railpictures.ca from June, 1983. On the right side of the image is the building shown above. Note the railway crossing signal where the extension would have passed near the building. The first indication of the line is an asphalt patch on Milne Avenue left behind after rail removal.
At the north end of the patch is a short metal barrier added to prevent road traffic from accessing the road level bed.
The path of the rail bed is quite obvious here as it parallels Milne Avenue. When you stand at this point you can see the path of the former railbed through the entire section.
It the crosses Mack Avenue with a similar patch in the asphalt. At both former crossings can be seen the painted 'X' warnings on the roadway, this despite maybe 20+ years of wear.
North of Mack the patch guides the railbed into a dome shaped storage building.
After running through a park north of Oates and passing a couple of standing water overflow ponds, I was now on Bell Estate Rd., a section thoroughly regraded and any hint of the former rail bed is long since removed. Back to Warden I headed north. A multi-business complex had an access area towards the back just south of a Hydro One station. The area of the rail bed is somewhat obvious here, if you knew what you were looking at.
It`s recessed along the back fences of some older existing housing of Santamonica Boulevard (yes, that`s what it`s called). You can detect the climb from further south as you get here so the recessed grading was necessary for rail traffic.
At St. Clair, a trio of railway bridges cross overhead.
The western two bridges are for TTC line traffic. The eastern bridge serviced this GECO branch section.
The rail ties are still in place, but no rail. There still exists `no tresspassing' signs so it may still technically be trespassing to step onto the bridge, so I didn`t. The TTC tracks into Warden Station are adjacent to the west side.
Back along the field, you can see more ties where the rails used to reside. A TTC train is seen exiting Warden Station.