Toronto's Railway Heritage

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On May 16, 1853, the first passenger train steamed out of Toronto from a wooden depot that was located near the site of today's Union Station. Over the next century, the railways had a profound impact on the geography and economic fortunes of Toronto and helped transform it from a provincial town into the commercial centre of Canada. To the dismay of many, the railways also swallowed up prime real estate on Toronto's waterfront and isolated its citizens from Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic asset. The struggle between the promoters of unfettered railway development and crusaders for public access to the waterfront culminated during the 1920s with the building of the waterfront railway viaduct and Union Station. This magnificent Beaux-Arts railway terminal is the busiest transportation hub in Canada and is undergoing a $1.5 billion revitalization. Inside this book are over 200 rare images illustrating 80 years of Toronto's railway history.
ISBN: 9780738565705
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Ontario
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 220
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Derek Boles is the chief historian of the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre and has written and lectured extensively on Toronto's railway history. He coordinates the annual Doors Open event at Union Station and conducts popular monthly tours of the facility.
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