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A few years ago I posted a shot of this venerable old building, showing just the far end of it; taken 4 years previous to this one. Anytime during the day this shot would be into the sun; so, a dull day (my specialty) would have to do.
West Toronto CP station is gone now. It was built back in 1911; and saw its last passenger train when the Canadian was shifted over to CN in 1978.
There was a tug of war over this place. CP wanted it gone, the Heritage people wanted it saved; the City actually thought this would be a good place for something like a farmer's market.
Fed up, CP ordered a demolition crew in during the very wee hours of Thursday, November 25th, 1982; and they feverishly reduced the building to almost rubbish when a furious Toronto Mayor Art Eggleton arrived on the scene and promptly ordered the work stopped. He even phoned the CP Prez over the matter. But, Eggs was ignored and the place totaled by mid-morning. CP did get slapped with a "no demolition permit" charge, but it mattered little. No sooner than they cleaned the mess out, work was started on the third track for GO Transit, which was why the building had to go in the first place.
News of this station destruction made the front pages of newspapers but all that mattered to CP was that they got what they wanted.
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Caption: A few years ago I posted a shot of this venerable old building, showing just the far end of it; taken 4 years previous to this one. Anytime during the day this shot would be into the sun; so, a dull day (my specialty) would have to do. West Toronto CP station is gone now. It was built back in 1911; and saw its last passenger train when the Canadian was shifted over to CN in 1978. There was a tug of war over this place. CP wanted it gone, the Heritage people wanted it saved; the City actually thought this would be a good place for something like a farmer's market. Fed up, CP ordered a demolition crew in during the very wee hours of Thursday, November 25th, 1982; and they feverishly reduced the building to almost rubbish when a furious Toronto Mayor Art Eggleton arrived on the scene and promptly ordered the work stopped. He even phoned the CP Prez over the matter. But, Eggs was ignored and the place totaled by mid-morning. CP did get slapped with a "no demolition permit" charge, but it mattered little. No sooner than they cleaned the mess out, work was started on the third track for GO Transit, which was why the building had to go in the first place. News of this station destruction made the front pages of newspapers but all that mattered to CP was that they got what they wanted.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1461] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/02/1981 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: nil (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CP Galt Sub. (search)
City/Town: Toronto (West.T.O.) (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Mr Dan..The City wanted to put the kybosh on redeveloping the railway lands? Well thats a polar opposite of the now! There was a nice golf course on the lands for a while. ;) Such a loss of a nice station. Thanks for the memory Mr Mooney as always.

  2. Such a shame! My dad has fond memories of that station and growing up in West Toronto.

  3. I think after that, the city of Toronto threatened to put the kybosh on redeveloping the downtown rail lands (that CP was involved in through their Marathon Realty arm). IIRC, the donation of John St. roundhouse downtown to the city may have been CP’s way of trying to make amends.

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