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The 4:15 GO train arrives at Bramalea GO to let quite handful of passengers off who are coming home from Toronto as it is just about the start of evening rush hour.   If you look to the right on the track #4 platform you can see that a lot of progress has been made in the platform expansion project over the last few months and if you look to the left of the train you can also see that part of the track #2&3 platform is closed off due to construction as the railway hopes to expand the platforms to be able to accommodate the 12 car GO trains as well as improve the bus shelters by adding heat and air conditioning so they will be more comfortable for passengers waiting for the train. It’s nice to finally see some progress being made because for the last couple years it didn’t look like much was being done. Construction for this project began very early in 2015 and from what I remember the railway hoped to have it finished sometime in 2017 but in mid-2018 it’s still going but nice to see the progress being made. Hopefully the passengers will find the long wait worth it in the end.   Sad for us railfans though, the spur that curves to the right serving the factory right next to the GO Station (Kuehne + Nagel) shows no sign of use being that the fence that separates the passengers from the construction who wish to access the south parking lot goes right over the tracks on the right hand side of the small walkway to the south parking lot.
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Caption: The 4:15 GO train arrives at Bramalea GO to let quite handful of passengers off who are coming home from Toronto as it is just about the start of evening rush hour.

If you look to the right on the track #4 platform you can see that a lot of progress has been made in the platform expansion project over the last few months and if you look to the left of the train you can also see that part of the track #2&3 platform is closed off due to construction as the railway hopes to expand the platforms to be able to accommodate the 12 car GO trains as well as improve the bus shelters by adding heat and air conditioning so they will be more comfortable for passengers waiting for the train. It’s nice to finally see some progress being made because for the last couple years it didn’t look like much was being done. Construction for this project began very early in 2015 and from what I remember the railway hoped to have it finished sometime in 2017 but in mid-2018 it’s still going but nice to see the progress being made. Hopefully the passengers will find the long wait worth it in the end.

Sad for us railfans though, the spur that curves to the right serving the factory right next to the GO Station (Kuehne + Nagel) shows no sign of use being that the fence that separates the passengers from the construction who wish to access the south parking lot goes right over the tracks on the right hand side of the small walkway to the south parking lot.

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Graydon J [115] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/17/2018 (search)
Railway: GO Transit (search)
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Subdivision/SNS: Bramalea GO, CN Halton Sub (search)
City/Town: Brampton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. The K+N Spur on the right hadn’t been in use for years, probably last seeing use in the late 90′s or early 2000′s. CN did use it in more recent years to park MofW equipment on however, but only up to the entry gate.

  2. I always wondered how long it was since the K+N Spur last saw regular use, thanks for the info! Yes I remember seeing the maintenance machines stored on there some time ago when the Halton went under triple tracking construction and realignment of tracks at Bramalea where tracks 1&2 became mostly freight and 3 saw most of the GO/VIAs. Since 2009 I think track #4 rarely saw use and in the last couple years it was disused due to the construction on the platform. Well with all the work that has been done on her it looks like she’ll be seeing regular use again soon.

    I had a quick question in mind though with regards to the K+N Spur, Dan I’m sure your aware that there is another spur on track #4 that branches off east of Bramalea just at the end of the platform. Any idea who it served or the purpose for it? It appears that the spur was trimmed down to the switch long ago but it looks like she can hold some maintenance too if needed.

  3. If Metrolinx gets what they want the Halton Sub will be shifted west to follow the 407. Metrolinx wants the tracks from Silver to Halwest for their expansion plans and 12,000ft trains just don’t fit that wellwith GO trains. I have seen the plans for this new trackage. Ambitious to say the least

  4. That spur at the east end once curved south to serve the south building of K+N and another customer south of them. The current track 4 was actually originally a service track, and at the east end didn’t connect with the mainline and just curved down. The switch was put in making it a spur when GO turned that service track into the Bramalea pocket track for Platform 3 around 2004 and connected it to the Weston Sub service track that ended just east of Bramalea Rd. (that served a now-gone lumber dealer south of the tracks). The curving siding was later removed up to the switch sometime between Spring and Fall 2004, as far as I can tell.

    Fun fact: the Canadian Tire distribution centre on the east side of Bramalea also once had a rail spur into their building, still present in the 90′s but removed by 2000.

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