Despite the fact that the move lasted almost three full hours, it's tempting to call it Toronto's 'Kodak Moment.' On Thursday, August 25th, some 200 people gathered at the site of Mount Dennis Station to witness 3,000 tonnes of steel and concrete glide 61 metres across a custom, reinforced concrete runway, a story we covered that day. Now, Metrolinx has a two-minute video of the move that you have to see.
Travelling down the runway's steel girder tracks at about 20 centimetres a minute, the slow-motion move—orchestrated by Crosslinx Transit Solutions—will allow the Mount Dennis LRT Station's concourse to be built at the four-storey building's original location. Once the concourse is completed, the preserved Kodak Building (which was once part of a much larger industrial campus) will be returned to its new foundation on the original site, where it will serve as a station entrance.
As Metrolinx's video shows, the move was a laborious process. Once the building was cut out from its original foundations and supported on steel beams, a team of six continuously lubricated the tracks to ensure a smooth ride.
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