Toronto Railway Environs
1st & 2nd August 2011
© copyright photographs by Colin Duff
(above left) Another aerial shot from the CN tower to show the Bathurst Street overbridge, adjacent to historic Fort York, where all the following, and the previous two, shots were taken from. This shows an unidentified GO Transit lakeshore West service on its way into Toronto Union Station on the afternoon of 1st August.
(above right) This shot shows another inbound GO Transit service in exactly the same position as the shot on the left, but a day later. MPI (Wabtec) M40PH-3C locomotive (a development of the EMD F59PHI) #637 hauls train 914, the 11: 04 Aldershot to Toronto, past Fort York.
|For this dramatic shot we are going back a few seconds for a very slightly earlier view of train 914 approaching on 2nd August.|
Whilst on the bridge on 2nd August I captured what I think is the Via Rail "Canadian" (Toronto-Vancouver service) stock running ECS to the yard for servicing, having been turned. This being a Tuesday the Canadian arrived in Toronto at 09:30 and will depart again at 22:00. The service departs Toronto on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and Vancouver on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The trip takes about two and a half days.
Here are two Via Rail EMF F40PH-2s, 6445 in promotional "Coors Light" vinyls, and 6451 in Via Canada livery.
|Behind the two locomotives was a very long train of fluted stainless steel heritage streamliner cars including three domes and a dome/observation car on the rear. The Canadian is historically a Canadian Pacific Railway service but it now operates largely by the slightly more northerly Canadian National Railway route.|
Back to GO Transit commuter services, which use Bombardier bi-level passenger cars. Here cab control car 222 and trailer car 2648 lead train 913, the 11:43 Toronto to Aldershot, westbound.
|MPI M40PH-3C locomotive #656 pushes the ten car formation, led by cab control car 222 above, past Fort York some 5 minutes into its Lakeshore West working.|