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This location is known to the fans these days as the VIA Rail Maintenance facility/Willowbrook, near where also Toronto and GO facilites are located. However, before that, this was the location of that sprawling CN Mimico freight yard, a facility that eventually outgrew itself and was relocated to what is now MacMillan Yard up in Concord. The Mimico days were winding down around the time I shot this image of eastbound CN with three M420s and what looks to be a GP40 with a long string of boxcars passing the Tower. A modern day shot at this angle would be overshadowed by the Islington Av overpass, which would be not far behind the tower. I get the idea that this must have been one 'sooty' place back in the days of Steam. :o)
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Caption: This location is known to the fans these days as the VIA Rail Maintenance facility/Willowbrook, near where also Toronto and GO facilites are located. However, before that, this was the location of that sprawling CN Mimico freight yard, a facility that eventually outgrew itself and was relocated to what is now MacMillan Yard up in Concord. The Mimico days were winding down around the time I shot this image of eastbound CN with three M420s and what looks to be a GP40 with a long string of boxcars passing the Tower. A modern day shot at this angle would be overshadowed by the Islington Av overpass, which would be not far behind the tower. I get the idea that this must have been one 'sooty' place back in the days of Steam. :o)

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [965] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/09/1976 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 2523 (search)
Train Symbol: unknown (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Mimico Yard (search)
City/Town: Mimico (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. Thanks for the info, I was 7 months old at the time!

  2. Mr. Berry: I was told the bridge over the yard opened Dec. 7, 1979.

  3. Good show, Jacob. I was wondering how long it would take for someone to comment on that. :o )

  4. This is a great comparison to today’s yard(s). On the far right there’s a GO APCU F-unit.

  5. careful AWM…I know where you eat….

  6. Mr. Berry……..I hope someone can answer your overpass query. I can’t, and would like to know myself.

  7. Appreciate the input, Slithery Snake. I was wondering about PFE but I was thinking the cars were more of a ‘white’ appearance…..this train was like clockwork thru Bayview everyday, and I had never logged the number.

  8. Nice shot!

  9. Roughly when was the overpass built?

  10. PFE…Pacific Fruit Express reefers.

  11. That was 392…..the reefers at the headend were EB on the Oakville Sub back then

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