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Steam heat wisps out the rear steam lines as VIA passenger train #663 (Toronto-Stratford) makes its late morning station stop at CN's West Toronto Station, just north of the diamond in "The Junction". The timetable shows if #663 was running on time, it would be just about 11:00am. A CN RS18 leads the short consist (common power on VIA passenger trains running out of Spadina), followed by a CN-painted steam generator car and two coaches, the latter of which still bears dual VIA/CN markings from when VIA was part of CN's passenger branding a few years earlier and not its own entity.

Most people are familiar with CP's West Toronto station to the south that was illegally demolished in 1982, but CN had their own station here, north of the diamond off Weston Road (after many years of disuse, it was eventually demolished in 1999). The CN freight shed offices and loading platforms are also visible behind the train. To the left is one of CN's Alco/MLW S-series switchers sitting on the West Toronto Yard lead. For those unfamiliar, CN had a fair-sized yard here on the west side of the Weston Sub around St. Clair Avenue in order to serve the stockyards and meat packing industries that once populated the area. Today almost all of that old industry that made Toronto "Hogtown" is gone, as well as the CN station and yards, and the mainline here runs downgrade in a trench for the West Toronto grade separation under CP's North Toronto Sub.

Charles Begg photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection.

Another photo from the same day showing CP S2 7063 clattering across the diamond to the south: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=35596
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Caption: Steam heat wisps out the rear steam lines as VIA passenger train #663 (Toronto-Stratford) makes its late morning station stop at CN's West Toronto Station, just north of the diamond in "The Junction". The timetable shows if #663 was running on time, it would be just about 11:00am. A CN RS18 leads the short consist (common power on VIA passenger trains running out of Spadina), followed by a CN-painted steam generator car and two coaches, the latter of which still bears dual VIA/CN markings from when VIA was part of CN's passenger branding a few years earlier and not its own entity.

Most people are familiar with CP's West Toronto station to the south that was illegally demolished in 1982, but CN had their own station here, north of the diamond off Weston Road, but passenger trains stopped using it sometime between 1981 and 1990 (after many years of disuse, it was eventually demolished in 1999). The CN freight shed offices and loading platforms are also visible behind the train. To the left is one of CN's Alco/MLW S-series switchers sitting on the West Toronto Yard lead. For those unfamiliar, CN had a fair-sized yard here on the west side of the Weston Sub around St. Clair Avenue in order to serve the stockyards and meat packing industries that once populated the area. Today almost all of that old industry that made Toronto "Hogtown" is gone, as well as the CN station and yards, and the mainline here runs downgrade in a trench for the West Toronto grade separation under CP's North Toronto Sub.

Charles Begg photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection.

Another photo from the same day showing CP S2 7063 clattering across the diamond to the south: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=35596

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Charles Begg photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll [496] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/01/1980 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 3xxx (search)
Train Symbol: VIA 663 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: West Toronto Station - CN Weston Sub (search)
City/Town: Toronto (West Toronto) (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. It does, actually – thanks!

    My records have 5586 in full CN paint at least as late as August 1980, and 5588 in full CN at least as late as July 1978. In either case, that’s too late to have received the VIA-CN mark (CN had stopped using the mini “CN” by September 1977), so I’d bet on 5511.

  2. Can’t read it on the scan, but after spending a good amount of time looking through a magnifier, it’s either VIA 5511, or 5586 or 88. Not sure if that helps any, those tiny fleet numbers are difficult to read from afar.

  3. This is a very late date to still have a VIA-CN marking.

    Dan, are you able to make out the coach number on the full res scan?

  4. The current equivalent (Toronto-London #85) is just as short. It is a comfortable train, though. Normally it has an ex-CPR coach and a VIA-1 car in coach service.

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