To stir something further in...........
As part of discussions over how to deal with flooding on the Bala sub......one of the options raised was re-routing GO RH via the Don Branch, but taking it past the rail bridge, and having it hug the DVP across Pottery Rd before dropping back into the existing RH alignment.
The number of times that "went missing" in Unilever and Gardiner renderings...This may be related to the apparent move to abandon the Portlands/waterfront spur
The layover is a bit odd considering "Wilson" yard's expansion although I guess it does make some pathing easier from layover to the northern tracks/platforms. In theory the progress of the Waterfront spillway should reduce the chances of the trainsets being trapped on high ground, and being beside the DVP means a noise buffer, plus a Metrolinx exec gets to say that the Don Branch wasn't a waste of money while not needing the main bridge to be able to have GO trains run on it. Those who know the graffiti on the embankment under the subway bridge are aware than it's not a vandalism free zone...
Well now, that's different; on so many levels.
If I'm reading that correctly, they're proposing to twin track the Don Branch for the portion designated as a layover facility. That, I believe will require reconstruction of the rail embankment.
I take it they would store trains on both the new track and the 'mainline' (which isn't right now since it goes nowhere).
If the intent is storage on both tracks, that would preclude VIA HFR from running through at this location.
This may be related to the apparent move to abandon the Portlands/waterfront spur and the associated rail yard. There is clear talk about improved access to the Unilever site, which would imply no tracks at all north of Lakeshore, east of the Don.
All this, in turn has impacts on the OL discussion again, if VIA HFR is to be routed through Stouffville Sub.
I may have to oppose this yard; given the associated access road project, it may prove very disruptive to plans for Lower Don Park.
Discussions inside the City have been getting serious around removing the Bayview offramp cloverleaf and reducing Bayview to one-lane each way to allow for a more park-like setting.
To the best my knowledge, there are no plans to abandon the Portlands trackage. Indeed, that decision would rest on Ports Toronto and whatever they have planned for the area, and not Metrolinx.
It's been decommissioned for a while past Canadian Tire at Leslie as they ripped it up to build a new Canada Post building. Canroof is the only one with an active track connection still because of that, and I'm not sure they even use it. Toronto water, the main customer on the sub, has been cut off as a part of that construction, and while there has been talk of "realigning" it along leslie beside the Canada Post building, not much has happened on that front. I would be surprised if it isn't ripped up in the next year or so, to be honest.^ I haven’t seen with my own eyes, but I’m told the harbour spur has in fact been ripped up east of the Don bridge.
I don't know if that prospect is "on" or not....but..... it might align to what Metrolinx will show at the upcoming TPAP meetings ie a new layover facility on the Don Branch. Hard to tell if there would still be a thru track. The below slides were emailed out by the Riverdale South residents for a presentation that was recently given prior to the TPAP meetings.
PS: The electrification up to Pottery Road is a very puzzling item, also.
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That info, comes from this post here at UT: https://urbantoronto.ca/forum/threa...waterfront-toronto.3363/page-136#post-1528257
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I was at a meeting last night for this area and there was no talk about the rail going away by the city. Will add this to the list of questions as well recommendations for the area. Employment is a number issue with the city for the area and those business have been there close to 50 years.Thanks for this.
I wonder if they have notified the couple of industries that still use the spur. The City apparently had to beg in order to arrange for trucking to and from the Ashbridges Bay plant for the interim period whilst the spur was torn up alongside Leslie.
The also raises the question - is that realignment of the spur still going to happen? There hasn't been any indication at the City end that it isn't going ahead.