GO Transit and More, Part 5

This is the 5th and final part of a series. Go here to read part 1 if you wish.

After leaving the Bathurst Street bridge – a very good spot to railfan from – I walked east beside the Toronto downtown tracks toward Union Station.

Bathurst Street bridge
Bathurst Street bridge

Another pair of UP Express trains passed me as I walked. I used my telephoto to capture the moment when they passed each other. I like how the Spadina Avenue bridge framed them.

The two UP Express trains meeting
The two UP Express trains meeting

Soon I passed Spadina Avenue and continued on east. A GO Transit train was headed east toward the station, while a VIA Rail train was heading west.

GO Transit and VIA Rail
GO Transit and VIA Rail

A little patience caught the nose of VIA 6426 in sunshine.

VIA heading west
VIA heading west

A few seconds later, GO Transit 656 passed under me, pushing the train toward Union Station.

GOT 656 pushing
GOT 656 pushing

Eventually I got back to the Skywalk, and took a photo from within the overpass and included the CN Tower… as much as I could fit, anyway.

GOT 603 and the CN Tower
GOT 603 and the CN Tower

I walked through the Great Hall of Union Station – busy now with people hurrying to and fro – and on to the east end of the station. There’s some construction taking place adjacent to the station.

GOT 663 in Union Station
GOT 663 in Union Station

Earlier, I took a selfie just off the Skywalk, near the Union Pearson Express station.

Toronto selfie
Toronto selfie

Here’s a quick map I did showing the downtown Toronto rail corridor.

Downtown Toronto rail corridor
Downtown Toronto rail corridor

Red arrows show good railfan locations – at Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue and the platform just outside the Skyway.

I hope you enjoyed this series featuring GO Transit and more in Toronto! I have a few more Toronto-related posts to come but for now I’ll write about other things. Despite what people in the city might think, there is life outside Toronto! 😉

2 thoughts on “GO Transit and More, Part 5”

  1. Hi Steve, I’m an ex-Toronto boy, who worked for CPR as an engineer (not locomotive engineer) at Union Station in the late 70’s, designing the GO system on the Galt Sub. I really appreciate your photos and text.
    Onetime I rode the engine up to MacTier, ON (the terminus of the Toronto Division). The locomotive engineer said he did that run every other day. He wished he had taken a photo of the CN Tower (as it was being built) because the unit faced westward from the Union Station shed. It would have been a great series of photos. Thanks again for your photos.

    Reply
    • Hi Werner, thanks for your comment. That must have been an interesting job, designing for GO near the start of operations.

      The locomotive engineer would have had a great viewpoint for the CN Tower’s construction!

      Reply

Leave a Comment