GO Transit and More, Part 2

This is part 2 of 5 of my “GO Transit and More” series, featuring a morning spent in downtown Toronto watching trains. You can see part 1 here.

After viewing a few trains by the Skywalk, I started walking west along the rail corridor. There is a nice walking path on the south side that is frequented by people walking their dogs, joggers, and so forth.

Just west of the Rogers Centre Marriott hotel, I caught a GO Transit train.

GOT 340
GOT 340

Continuing west, another GO train. This one was descending into a short tunnel / flyunder. You’ll see this flyunder in other photos.

GOT 366
GOT 366

According to this Transit Toronto article, this flyunder was built to allow Lakeshore trains to go under the other tracks. It was completed in November 1983 and I saw quite a few trains go through the flyunder – including the Union Pearson Express.

Continuing west, GO Transit has a storage yard just west of Spadina Avenue called the North Bathurst Yard. There they hold complete train sets as well as extra passenger cars. Here’s an end view of the yard from the Spadina Avenue overpass.

GO Transit's North Bathurst yard
GO Transit’s North Bathurst yard

Here’s a wider view showing a GO Transit train rolling through the flyunder beside the North Bathurst Yard.

GOT 616 passing the North Bathurst yard
GOT 616 passing the North Bathurst yard

Next, a train NOT going through the flyunder!

GOT 630 leading an eastbound
GOT 630 leading an eastbound

Since it was early morning, the sun was strong but there was a lot of shadows. I was patient and waited for the right moment to catch the nose or tail of trains in the sunshine, where I could.

Still on the Spadina overpass, I photographed this train passing Concord Cityplace, a large complex holding up to 18,000 people.

GOT 645 in the lead
GOT 645 in the lead

A little closer look at the flyunder…

GOT 651 through the underpass
GOT 651 through the underpass

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Overhead view of GOT 2512
Overhead view of GOT 2512

Next up was the UP Express rolling through the flyunder on its way to Union Station.

UP Express to Union Station
UP Express to Union Station

I noticed that the eastbound and westbound UP Express trains always passed each other in the downtown. Whenever I saw one of them, I knew I would see the other one in a minute or two at most.

UP Express to Pearson
UP Express to Pearson

I had seen enough from the Spadina Avenue area. I walked westward, with the Bathurst Street bridge as my eventual goal. Read on to Part 3!

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