Rollsigns from Toronto, ON
Malvern Garage
This front linen rollsign was off 1987 OBI 03.501 Orion III
Articulated bus #6385. It has 62 exposures. It is shown on the
sign to be version "M-14". Points about this sign include route
57 being transferred to Birchmount Garage, then after roll-
signs were discontinued, returned to Malvern, Route 85A later
became Route 139 Huntingwood, and the "603 Scarborough
RT" route was only on rollsigns that were in articulated
buses, as these would regularly replace the RT Trains.
The TTC's Malvern Garage is one of the newer garages in the system. When it opened in the northeast
area of Toronto, it received routes formerly operated by Birchmount, Wilson and Eglinton garages. Today,
its routes primarily serve the northeast area of Toronto, some operating north into the town of Markham.
This front linen rollsign was off 1976 GMC T6H-5307N New Look
#8024. It has 68 exposures. It is shown on the sign to be version
"M-17". Exposures that are red, yellow and black are the original
design. From 1985 on, the TTC used only black for regular
service routes to save money. The blue exposures represent
overnight service routes on their "Blue Night" network.
One oddity of this sign is the "131A Nugget" exposure was
printed backwards for the style of regular routes.
This side linen rollsign was off 1976 GMC T6H-5307N New Look #8024.
It has 67 exposures. It is shown on the sign to be version "M-17". The
only missing exposure from the previous sign was the "131A Nugget"
exposure, and the other Nugget route exposures have the "Nugget"
name misspelled, having an extra "t" in the route name.
The image of this sign has been enlarged 2 times to enhance detail.
This front linen rollsign was off 1976 GMC T6H-5307N New
Look #8010. This bus spent a considerable time inside a
billboard box set up by the TTC to advertise subway
expansion. The sign has 68 exposures. It is shown on the
sign to be version "M-19". This all black sign was the typical
version seen near the end of rollsign use.
This set of front and side mylar rollsigns are off 1976 GMC T6H-5307N New
Look #8035. They both have a print date of January 17, 1995, and they each
have 40 exposures. Unofficially, they are listed as version "M-20" Their
respective sign tags read as follows: Because some of the print is very narrow,
the image of the side sign (right) is two times larger than the other scale
drawings to enhance detail.
Front Sign (above):

TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION
P.O. # PC14400
MULTISCREEN # 7660A
READING LIST: JAN. 17, 1995
MALVERN GARAGE - FRONT
PART # Q61667

MANUFACTURED BY
MULTISCREEN INT'L INC.

MADE IN CANADA
Side Sign (right):

TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION
P.O. # PC14402
MULTISCREEN # 7660B
READING LIST: JAN. 17, 1995
MALVERN GARAGE - SIDE
PART # Q61667B

MANUFACTURED BY
MULTISCREEN INT'L INC.

MADE IN CANADA
This giant box, which was the "garage" for GMC T6H-5307N #8010, the bus that housed the front sign above, was a
fixture on the southwest corner of Sheppard Avenue West and W.R. Allen Road in North York. It's placement was across
the street from the current location of Downsview Station (now Sheppard West Station).
Photo taken February 14, 1995.
Toronto Transit Commission's 1987 built
OBI 03.501 Orion / Ikarus articulated bus
#6385 is seen with its retrofitted electronic
signs, eastbound on Steeles Avenue East
at Yonge Street far side on July 25, 1997.
This is the vehicle that housed the first
rollsign on this page, above / left.
to go to the earliest
Toronto Transit Commission
electronic sign list page.