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Next TRHA Presentation: Saturday January 31st - "The John St Roundhouse"

TRHA Lecture at the Roundhouse

The Toronto Railway Historical Association has been presenting a series of three illustrated lectures by Toronto Railway Museum 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! Here are the details of the last of the three lectures:

Date:        Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Time:        7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Leon's at the Roundhouse
Topic:      The John Street Roundhouse 

The Roundhouse was built in 1929 by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was part of the sprawling railway yards that extended from Yonge Street all the way over to Strachan Avenue. Today the roundhouse is all that remains of several dozen buildings and hundreds of miles of track that once serviced Canadian Pacific and Canadian National passenger trains at Union Station. 

This presentation will explore the history of roundhouses in Toronto and the transition of John Street from the largest combined passenger car and locomotive facility in Canada, through to its decline and dereliction in the 1990's, and then to the Toronto Railway Museum that hosts over 60,000 visitors a year.

We ask that you pre-register for the final event using the link below:

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.

Posting by Russ Milland

Click on each image for a closer look!

Lecture #2 - November, 2014 
John St. Roundhouse by Night

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