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GO Transit GP40TC 9806, freshly rebuilt by CN at Pointe St. Charles shop in late 1974 and repainted in the new green and white livery, is seen pulling a train of GO single-level Hawker Siddeley cars westbound on the Weston Sub past both CN's Parkdale Station and CP's Parkdale Station. The busy Queen Street underpass (subway) is visible in the foreground - note the cutout in the stone retaining wall that lead to a stairway up from sidewalk to platform level. Freight yards belonging to both railways were also located here at the time, along with numerous industries and sidings that still received rail service.According to another slide I have, this was shot right after a short CN passenger train (likely #161, CN still ran some passenger services up the Weston & Newmarket Subs but the only ones scheduled to stop at Parkdale were 160 & 161) had made its station stop at Parkdale, so going by timetables this is likely evening GO train #997 seen at around 5:43pm. GO's Georgetown line began service the previous year but Parkdale Station was never a stop for any GO trains (GO built their own station to the north at Bloor Street), so this GO could be either passing by or held up waiting for a light (perhaps the CN train was held up ahead at the diamond for a CP freight, or it was stopped at CN's West Toronto station). Despite this, Parkdale was a junction point between the Weston & Newmarket Subs so scheduled GO train times by the station were still listed in CN's employee timetables.Both Parkdale stations had seen better times at this point, and were in their final years of existence: CNR's Parkdale station (once known as "North Parkdale") was built in 1878 by the Northern Railway and expanded over the years. When closed the next year in 1976, CN wanted to demolish it (of course) but through fundraising by the Parkdale Save Our Station Committee the station was moved to Sunnyside in early 1977. Unfortunately a fire was started inside by vagabonds, and what was left was demolished that October.CPR's Parkdale station (located directly across from CN's on the Galt Sub) was originally built in 1910, closed in 1968, and is seen here boarded up and out of use. It was finally demolished sometime in the late 1970's. It also had a stairway leading up to it, via an arch cut into the retaining wall off Dufferin Street leading up to platform level.Photographer unknown (possibly a Charles Begg slide), Dan Dell'Unto collection.
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Caption: GO Transit GP40TC 9806, freshly rebuilt by CN at Pointe St. Charles shop in late 1974 and repainted in the new green and white livery, is seen pulling a train of GO single-level Hawker Siddeley cars westbound on the Weston Sub past both CN's Parkdale Station and CP's Parkdale Station. The busy Queen Street underpass (subway) is visible in the foreground - note the cutout in the stone retaining wall that lead to a stairway up from sidewalk to platform level. Freight yards belonging to both railways were also located here at the time, along with numerous industries and sidings that still received rail service.

According to another slide I have, this was shot right after a short CN passenger train (likely #161, CN still ran some passenger services up the Weston & Newmarket Subs but the only ones scheduled to stop at Parkdale were 160 & 161) had made its station stop at Parkdale, so going by timetables this is likely evening GO train #997 seen at around 5:43pm. GO's Georgetown line began service the previous year but Parkdale Station was never a stop for any GO trains (GO built their own station to the north at Bloor Street), so this GO could be either passing by or held up waiting for a light (perhaps the CN train was held up ahead at the diamond for a CP freight, or it was stopped at CN's West Toronto station). Despite this, Parkdale was a junction point between the Weston & Newmarket Subs so scheduled GO train times by the station were still listed in CN's employee timetables.

Both Parkdale stations had seen better times at this point, and were in their final years of existence:

CNR's Parkdale station (once known as "North Parkdale") was built in 1878 by the Northern Railway and expanded over the years. When closed the next year in 1976, CN wanted to demolish it (of course) but through fundraising by the Parkdale Save Our Station Committee the station was moved to Sunnyside in early 1977. Unfortunately a fire was started inside by vagabonds, and what was left was demolished that October.

CPR's Parkdale station (located directly across from CN's on the Galt Sub) was originally built in 1910, closed in 1968, and is seen here boarded up and out of use. It was finally demolished sometime in the late 1970's. It also had a stairway leading up to it, via an arch cut into the retaining wall off Dufferin Street leading up to platform level.

Photographer unknown (possibly a Charles Begg slide), Dan Dell'Unto collection.

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Unknown, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [465] (more) (contact)
Date: circa June 1975 (search)
Railway: GO Transit (search)
Reporting Marks: GO 9806 (search)
Train Symbol: GO 997 (?) (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Parkdale Station - CN Weston Sub (search)
City/Town: Toronto (Parkdale) (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. So nice to see both stations standing back then. Shame they are gone now :(

  2. Long after the stations were gone, There was a wooden CPR “Parkdale” sign that lasted until the UPX expansion.

  3. Thanks for posting this. My earliest memories of train trips (in the 1950s) were boarding at Parkdale CN, Sunnyside and West Toronto CP. Whilst waiting for an early morning CN train at Parkdale we would see CP’s “Dominion” arrive. Unlike “The Canadian”, “The Dominion” stopped at Parkdale.

  4. Thank you very much for this. I lived recently right on Gladstone at Queen..I took my first UPX photos at both station locations never knowing there were stations there! Great historical work!

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