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GO GP40-2W 707 with a short consist of four bilevels plus an APCU stops at Exhibition Station to pick up passengers on the westbound platform, as passengers wait across the tracks on the eastbound platform for their train heading downtown. This was shot from the pedestrian bridge that used to span the platforms, looking east to Bathurst Street and the downtown core visible in the distance. On the left is the Liberty Village part of Toronto, an industrial manufacturing sector of the city that, at the time of this photo, had seen better days and was in decline as manufacturing moved out of the downtown core. A string of classic CN 40' boxcars populate the storage tracks in front of one of Loblaw's former warehouses (off Colt Street).  In the background the old Inglis plant and its iconic billboard sign is visible at CN's Fort York interlocking by Cabin E (still there, hard to pick out), that once protected the CP's old TG&B "Wharf Lead" which came down from Parkdale Yard and crossed each of the CN mainlines with a diamond (replaced with crossovers the previous year). Large billboards promote the Blue Jays and Canon calculators to passersby on the elevated Gardiner Expressway (out of frame to the right). On the far right is one of the few old CNE storage tracks at the east end of the platforms, with others nearby on the other side of the fence. Needless to say, most of this is very different today! Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.
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Caption: GO GP40-2W 707 with a short consist of four bilevels plus an APCU stops at Exhibition Station to pick up passengers on the westbound platform, as passengers wait across the tracks on the eastbound platform for their train heading downtown. This was shot from the pedestrian bridge that used to span the platforms, looking east to Bathurst Street and the downtown core visible in the distance. On the left is the Liberty Village part of Toronto, an industrial manufacturing sector of the city that, at the time of this photo, had seen better days and was in decline as manufacturing moved out of the downtown core. A string of classic CN 40' boxcars populate the storage tracks in front of one of Loblaw's former warehouses (off Colt Street).

In the background the old Inglis plant and its iconic billboard sign is visible at CN's Fort York interlocking by Cabin E (still there, hard to pick out), that once protected the CP's old TG&B "Wharf Lead" which came down from Parkdale Yard and crossed each of the CN mainlines with a diamond (replaced with crossovers the previous year). Large billboards promote the Blue Jays and Canon calculators to passersby on the elevated Gardiner Expressway (out of frame to the right). On the far right is one of the few old CNE storage tracks at the east end of the platforms, with others nearby on the other side of the fence. Needless to say, most of this is very different today!

Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.

Photographer:
Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [476] (more) (contact)
Date: c.March 1985 (search)
Railway: GO Transit (search)
Reporting Marks: GO 707 (search)
Train Symbol: GO wbnd (search)
Subdivision/SNS: GO Exhibition Station - CN Oakville Sub (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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One Comment
  1. Now this is how I remember Exhibition station as a kid. I miss the old pedestrian bridge there too. Great photo!

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