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Doors Open: Union Station Tours a Great Success!

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Last weekend's Doors Open 2009 event at Union Station was another tremendous success, made even more successful this year by the participation of GO Transit and the added dimension of the Diaspora Dialogues.
The information table in the Great Hall was staffed by volunteers from the Toronto Railway Historical Association and the Union Station Revitalization Public Advisory Group. There was an archival display of 50 photographs, mostly from the City of Toronto Archives. There were also seven display panels showing the city's plans for the station and four panels depicting the plans for the new TTC subway platform. GO Transit maintained their own information table and display panels in front of the GO ticket counter in the Great Hall that nicely complemented our display area.
Six guided tours were help hourly each day from 10:15 to 3:15 and were led by Stephanie Holowka, Andrew Jeanes, David Jeanes and Steve Munro. USRPAG members Tony Turrittin and Colin Rainsbury helped at the information table. TRHA members Richard White, Dan Garcia, Jason Pelton, Michael Farago and Lance Gleich helped with the heavy lifting involved with setting up and dismantling the displays each day as well as shepherding the tour groups.
Diaspora Dialogues presented some fiction and poetry readings as well as several dramatic presentations in the east end of the Great Hall while most of what we were doing was in the west end of the hall. The Diaspora presentations were thematically linked with Union Station or people in transit. The presentations were scheduled for the most part to minimize any conflict with our activities and the whole package of tours, displays and presentations very effectively complemented one other.
Watch for more information in postings later this week!
Posting by Derek Boles; Pictures by Russ Milland

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