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TRHA Lecture #2: "History of Union Station and the Current Restoration" by Derek Boles at Leon's at the Roundhouse

The Toronto Railway Historical Association is presenting a series of three illustrated lectures by Toronto Railway Museum's Historian, Derek Boles. Each of these fast-moving presentations is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, original animations, maps, diagrams, railway documents, advertising and other ephemera collected over the years by Mr. Boles and combined with his commentary on Toronto’s railways.

The Toronto Railway Museum is presenting these lectures with the cooperation and hospitality of Leon’s Furniture Store located in the roundhouse adjacent to the museum. Admission is free and comfortable seating and fine viewing on multiple television monitors is guaranteed!

The first lecture was cancelled due to the speaker's taking ill.  However it will be rescheduled and re-announced soon.  The second lecture is this coming Saturday in Leon's event space in the Roundhouse .......

Saturday at 7:00 p.m. - Toronto Union Station

Toronto Union Station is one of the city's most beloved heritage buildings and architectural treasures. The city’s first Union Station opened in 1858. This was replaced in 1873 and again in 1896 and finally by the present Union Station in 1927. The City of Toronto purchased the station from the railways in 2000 and has embarked on a $795 million restoration and revitalization of this National Historic Site. While this is going on, there are more people passing through Union Station than any other location in Canada. This presentation will outline the history of Toronto’s four Union Stations and what to expect when the current renovation is completed in 2016.

Click here to reserve your seat for October 11th!

Derek Boles, TRHA Historian

Derek Boles is one of the founding members of the Toronto Railway Historical Association and has written and lectured extensively on Toronto's railway heritage. He coordinates the annual Doors Open event at Union Station and has led almost 2,000 people on his popular monthly tours of the station. He recently completed two terms on the board of Heritage Toronto and was the last chair of the Union Station Revitalization Public Advisory Group. Derek’s book, Toronto’s Railway Heritage was released by Arcadia Publishing in 2009. His most recent published articles include The Canadian Northern Railway in Toronto and Toronto’s Forgotten Suburban Trains: Commuter Rail Before GO Transit.

We hope to see you all there!

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Union Station

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