The Toronto Union Station Experience
Explore Union Station as you've never seen it before!
The Toronto Railway Historical Association, in cooperation with the
Toronto Terminals Railway, is now conducting guided tours of Union
Station on the last Saturday of every month throughout the year.
Built between 1914 and 1930, the magnificent Union Station with its
spectacular Great Hall is one of Toronto's most cherished buildings.
Union Station is the largest railway terminal ever built in Canada
and was designated a National Historic Site in 1975. Union Station is
also Canada's busiest transportation facility, handling more
passengers than Pearson Airport. On weekdays, 180 GO trains and
125,000 commuters pass through the station as well as 40 VIA Rail
trains and 5,000 intercity passengers, over 50% of all VIA riders.
Hundreds of television shows, commercials and Hollywood movies have
been filmed in Union Station including the Oscar-winning "Chicago,"
the Jack Nicholson film "The Last Detail" and "Silver Streak," the
hit 1976 comedy/thriller featuring a runaway train and a spectacular
There's a lot more to Union Station than meets the eye. There's
approximately a million square feet of space, most of it hidden from
public view. The Union Station Experience will take you behind the
scenes, into areas of the station that are normally off-limits to the
general public. You will experience the fascinating history of
Canada's greatest railway terminal and gain a new appreciation of the
most complex passenger train operation in the country.
The Toronto Railway Historical Association is a registered charity
dedicated to the preservation of Toronto's railway heritage,
including the development of a railway museum at the John Street
Roundhouse adjacent to the Rogers Centre. Since 2001, the TRHA has
hosted the popular Doors Open event at both the Roundhouse and Union
The Toronto Terminals Railway was incorporated in 1906 to build Union
Station and the waterfront railway viaduct. The TTR has managed the
station since it opened to the public in 1927 and continues to do so
on behalf of the current owners, the City of Toronto and GO Transit.
The Union Station Experience begins at 11 a.m. sharp on the last
Saturday of every month and lasts approximately two hours. A nominal
$5 fee will be charged for each visitor. To make a reservation, call
Union Station Travellers' Aid at 416-366-7788 on Monday-Friday
between 10 AM and 2 PM
Or email: uniontours@... [Sorry, Yahoo groups chops off e-mail addresses]
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