In late August 2021, my daughter moved to Toronto to attend college there. We are very proud of her for being accepted, and she’s doing well so far. Of course we are sad that she isn’t living at home any more. Her cats miss her too.
We packed some of her stuff into the back of our van and drove the almost 2,500 km to Toronto and helped her get set up in her apartment. After a couple of days, she was mostly settled in and I found a few hours one morning to go railfanning in downtown Toronto, something I had never done before.
I walked from the Courtyard Toronto hotel south on Yonge Street to Union Station. It’s about 1.8 km so it was a nice walk.
I took a few photos outside the station, then wandered through the mostly empty Great Hall and up past the Union Pearson Express station to the Skywalk bridge. As I was walking through the bridge, I saw this eastbound GO Transit train led by locomotive 626.
The Skywalk may be great for moving people, but it’s not great for photography. The glass has a lot of reflections and most panes are pretty cloudy with dirt and grime.
Still, there are some nice views. I liked the building reflections in the photo below.
The photo below really shows the reflections well, sadly. Union Station’s tracks are clearly visible with the UP Express station and 3 car trainset at left (north).
The Skywalk itself is quite barren, just concrete and steel and glass. I was quite surprised that such a public space had no decoration other than a couple of hanging images. There’s a lot of opportunity for some public art here.
Here’s a view to the west with GOT 655 on the tail end of one of the many GO Transit trains I saw that morning.
Here’s the view to the east. The only bad thing I would say about this particular location is that you can’t see the station itself very well, and the east view is a bit cluttered, in my opinion.
If I were in downtown Toronto for only a short time, this platform is probably where I would end up.
This is what the platform looks like from the UP Express train…
I hope you like Toronto’s trains, because there’s lots more to come. This is part 1 of 5 in the series! In the next post, I’ll share how I continued walking east and exploring new photo angles, while being passed by a parade of GO Transit, UP Express and VIA Rail trains.