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The Geco Branch


   The GM Scarborough Van Plant

 
 two ubiquitous Geeps CN4520 / 4515 ( back to back, long hood forward)  pull a long string of loaded auto racks southward  to the light at Geco, mile 327.0 Kingston Subdivision, and then proceed westward to the Don Yard
 

   Near  Geco in Scarborough,  April 1978,  Kodak Tri X negative by S. Danko 


 what's interesting


 The last time I saw the CN green and gold livery on an in service CN unit  (a 1200 series GMD SW1200RS ) was on the Geco Branch.


  Geco Branch had sharp curves, limited visibility and several crossings: special instruction employee timetable “ Geco 'GO' signal located on Geco branch, 3815 feet east of signal 3269. When the word 'GO' is illuminated it will indicate proceed to signal 3269 and there be governed by signal indication.....”


 part of the Geco Branch includes the former CNoR Toronto Montreal mainline …..as well as,


 the CNoR  mainline route through what is now Taylor Creek Park –  today a hydro right of way – to near the TTC Victoria Park Subway station;


 the above ground TTC Bloor Danforth Subway from Vic Park to Warden is on or  parallel to  the  CNoR  mainline;


 at TTC Warden Subway part of the CN Geco Branch is on the  CNoR  mainline route to near the Kennedy Road railway crossing (just south of Eglinton)  where the Geco curves south to join the Uxbridge Subdivision mile 59.7 (switch points face south).


 further on, north of Ellesmere east of McCowan part of the TTC Scarborough RT yard is on the  CNoR  mainline route


  and way farther east, some of the remaining Cobourg industrial trackage north and parallel to the Kingston Subdivision is on the CNoR  mainline route.


 And now today ( December 2019 ) we remember the GM 'shwa plant(s).....


 More Geco Branch :


  at Griffith Labs   


   Warden Station   


   near Mack Ave   


   northbound on the Geco    


sdfourty
Copyright Notice: This image ©sdfourty all rights reserved.



Caption:
The Geco Branch

The GM Scarborough Van Plant

two ubiquitous Geeps CN4520 / 4515 ( back to back, long hood forward) pull a long string of loaded auto racks southward to the light at Geco, mile 327.0 Kingston Subdivision, and then proceed westward to the Don Yard

Near Geco in Scarborough, April 1978, Kodak Tri X negative by S. Danko

what's interesting

The last time I saw the CN green and gold livery on an in service CN unit (a 1200 series GMD SW1200RS ) was on the Geco Branch.

Geco Branch had sharp curves, limited visibility and several crossings: special instruction employee timetable “ Geco 'GO' signal located on Geco branch, 3815 feet east of signal 3269. When the word 'GO' is illuminated it will indicate proceed to signal 3269 and there be governed by signal indication.....”

part of the Geco Branch includes the former CNoR Toronto Montreal mainline …..as well as,

the CNoR mainline route through what is now Taylor Creek Park – today a hydro right of way – to near the TTC Victoria Park Subway station;

the above ground TTC Bloor Danforth Subway from Vic Park to Warden is on or parallel to the CNoR mainline;

at TTC Warden Subway part of the CN Geco Branch is on the CNoR mainline route to near the Kennedy Road railway crossing (just south of Eglinton) where the Geco curves south to join the Uxbridge Subdivision mile 59.7 (switch points face south).

further on, north of Ellesmere east of McCowan part of the TTC Scarborough RT yard is on the CNoR mainline route

and way farther east, some of the remaining Cobourg industrial trackage north and parallel to the Kingston Subdivision is on the CNoR mainline route.

And now today ( December 2019 ) we remember the GM 'shwa plant(s).....

More Geco Branch :

at Griffith Labs

Warden Station

near Mack Ave

northbound on the Geco

sdfourty

Photographer:
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Date: 04/xx/1978 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4520 (search)
Train Symbol: CN 44520 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Geco Branch (search)
City/Town: Scarborough (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Thanks for sharing this. Don’t see too many photos of the Scarborough industrial lines.

  2. I grew up in Scarborough and remember often seeing a single or pair of SW1200RS units in the little yard that was right beside Warden ave where the tracks crossed to make their way to the GM plant. I also remember the bus driver cursing when we’d get stuck as a long line of auto racks was pulled across Warden ave. I loved it of course.

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