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GO Transit cab car 233 leads train #801, the first northbound Barrie line train of the PM rush hour parade, northbound up the CN Newmarket Subdivision, about to slam the Davenport diamond interlocking plant with CP's North Toronto Sub, just north of Dupont Avenue.

The gentrification is strong in this former industrial bastion of Toronto: the tan building in the background is the old American Standard plant (manufacturer of sanitary products like toilets), that had been converted into lofts. On the left was the old Canadian General Electric (CGE) Royce Works plant at Dupont and Lansdowne (Dupont used to be called Royce Street). Most of the plant, once spanning that entire southwest quadrant of the diamond, had been demolished. The original building at the corner was spared, and incorporated into the new condos later built on site. There was once a connecting track between CN and CP here, used for interchange and accessing some of the local aforementioned industries. On the northeast quadrant (out of frame) was the old CGE Davenport Works, partially converted into lofts and housing (the north headhouse had been converted, the south headhouse was eventually demolished).

Davenport would continue to see GO bilevels clatter over the diamond until April 2023, when the new grade separation opened under Metrolinx ownership. A concrete flyover and more condos greets anyone standing in this spot today.
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Caption: GO Transit cab car 233 leads train #801, the first Barrie line train of the PM rush hour parade out of Union Station, northbound up the CN Newmarket Subdivision. GO F59PH 549 on the rear has slowed its pushing, and the train is about to slam the Davenport diamond interlocking plant with CP's North Toronto Sub, just north of Dupont Avenue.

The gentrification is strong in this former industrial bastion of Toronto: the tan building in the background is the old American Standard plant (manufacturer of sanitary products like toilets), that had been converted into lofts. On the left was the old Canadian General Electric (CGE) Royce Works plant at Dupont and Lansdowne (Dupont used to be called Royce Street). Most of the plant, once spanning that entire southwest quadrant of the diamond, had been demolished. The original building at the corner was spared, and incorporated into the new condos later built on site. There was once a connecting track between CN and CP here (parts remained in the weeds), used for interchange and accessing some of the local aforementioned industries. On the northeast quadrant (out of frame) was the old CGE Davenport Works, partially converted into lofts and housing (the north headhouse had been converted, the south headhouse was eventually demolished. Apparently there was lots of PCB contamination on the site from decades of manufacturing electrical transformers).

Davenport would continue to see GO bilevels clatter over the diamond until April 2023, when the new grade separation opened under Metrolinx ownership. A concrete flyover and more condos greets anyone standing in this spot today.

Photographer:
Dan Dell'Unto [926] (more) (contact)
Date: 03/10/2009 (search)
Railway: GO Transit (search)
Reporting Marks: GO 233 (search)
Train Symbol: GO 801 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Davenport Diamond - CN Newmarket Sub (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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  1. Nicely done Dan!

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