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Canadian Railroads > Past and Present - Danforth GO Station
Date: 10/16/09 21:16
Past and Present - Danforth GO Station
1. In August 1982 the Danforth Yard (east of Main Street, Toronto on the CN Kingston sub) had seen better days. It would last a couple more years as a bridge repair shop and storage yard before CN sold the property to developers. Meanwhile the adjacent GO Transit station had replaced the original CN station. The GO Transit facility was at that time a "minimalist" station with bus shelters on the platforms and a "ticket shack" on the approach to the footbridge by which the south platform was reached.
MLW S-7 8228 and GMDD SW1200RS 1256 are long gone, as is the unpaved parking lot north of the tracks.
2. In October 2008 almost everything has changed. The parking lot is now a lock-up storage facility. The spartan station has been completely rebuilt and is fully accessible. The now island platform is reached by a pedestrian tunnel instead of a bridge. The yard is long gone, replaced by a new housing subdivision. Even the running track the led up from the Don Yard was torn up and replaced by a third main track that's part of the triple-tracking project on the GO Lakeshore corridor. Normal practice is for westbound trains to stop at the north platform (track 1) and eastbound trains to stop on track 3. Track 2 is usually used by through trains, not stopping at Danforth. In the second shot a westbound GO train is stopped on track 1 and (fairly unusually) westbound VIA train #45 is sliding by on track 3.
...John Reay, Marmora, ON (weekends) and Danforth&Main, Toronto (weekdays)
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/17/09 10:15 by newtonville150.