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Art is imitating life as a VIA Rail Turbo Train set moves from Toronto Union Station to the Spadina Avenue maintenance facility on an overcast early fall 1976 afternoon.
The painting of a steam engine, diesel locomotive and a Turbo Train once adorned the poured concrete retaining wall at the base of the CN Tower.
The waterfront skyline in the background, and most of the automobiles in the foreground are unrecognizable today. My brand new 1976 Plymouth Road Runner is hiding in the trees at the lower left corner of the photo.
My brand new CN office at 277 Front St. W. along with the Metro Toronto Convention Center are almost a decade away from being completed on the very spot where I took this photo.
Almost 40 years later, the Turbo Train, the wall painting, the Road Runner, and the CN office are all gone.
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Caption: Art is imitating life as a VIA Rail Turbo Train set moves from Toronto Union Station to the Spadina Avenue maintenance facility on an overcast early fall 1976 afternoon. The painting of a steam engine, diesel locomotive and a Turbo Train once adorned the poured concrete retaining wall at the base of the CN Tower. The waterfront skyline in the background, and most of the automobiles in the foreground are unrecognizable today. My brand new 1976 Plymouth Road Runner is hiding in the trees at the lower left corner of the photo. My brand new CN office at 277 Front St. W. along with the Metro Toronto Convention Center are almost a decade away from being completed on the very spot where I took this photo. Almost 40 years later, the Turbo Train, the wall painting, the Road Runner, and the CN office are all gone.

Photographer:
Paul O'Shell [159] (more) (contact)
Date: Fall of 1976 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: VIA (search)
Train Symbol: unknown (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Union Station (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Wow. Thanks for sharing this one.

  2. Very cool idea to shoot the turbo with the mural.

  3. As a CN employee,we had been invited to visit it in june 76,it wasn,t quite finished yet.

  4. Great shot! A Road Runner? Very Cool…I bought a Gremlin that year. It wasn’t misnamed.

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