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Canadian City Railway Stations

I've seen Union Station in Toronto. What do the main railway station/hubs in other Canadian cities look like?
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St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

After we joined Canada in 1949, our railway (which used a different size and style of rail than the rest of Canada), was torn up and the Trans Canada Highway was built instead.

However, the station in St. John's still exists and is now a museum:


The Railway Coastal Museum , St., John's . Newfoundland by lyndon keating, on Flickr
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Hamilton's former CN station (now a banquet hall, VIA no longer stops in Hamilton proper, only in Aldershot and Grimsby):


The Hamilton GO Centre (formerly the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Station):
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Windsor has been through I think atleast 3 train stations that have since been torn down and replaced.

In this picture you can see the current p.o.s. train station in left foreground which is soon to be replaced by the new train station in the right background. The new station is not finished but is supposed to open in the next few weeks. As you can see there's not even any VIA signage up yet.



Our train station ironically looks alot like our downtown bus terminal even though they were done by 2 different architects..

New train station again

source: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/08...ening-delayed/

New bus terminal.


Very similar.

One thing that has always irked me about our train station is it is not in the heart of our downtown. It's close, less than 5 minutes drive to the core but it often feels oddly placed. It is tucked away behind the Hiram Walker's distillery.
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gorgeous.


London's is utilitarianly dull, but not half bad:

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Ottawa's main train station:





Ottawa's suburban Fallowfield Station:



Ottawa's old Union Station (now underused Gov't Conference Centre):




I'm one of the few people who loves the new train station outside of the downtown area. The treatment of the old Union Station is unfortunate though. It should be criminal for prime real estate to be so underused, and the government's renovations in order to make it function as a conference centre are ghastly and completely insensitive to the existing architecture. My dream is for the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library to be relocated in a newly renovated and expanded Union Station with a link to the Rideau station on the new LRT. Ain't ever going to happen though!
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Central Station, Montreal (The former CN station, it is used by Via Rail, Amtrak and the AMT)


Centrale Concourse by tracktwentynine, on Flickr

Exterior:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mo...al_Station.JPG
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Windsor Station (the former CP station, no longer used as a train station due to the construction of the Bell Centre)


Windsor Station by caribb, on Flickr


Windsor Station, revisited by Ricky Leong, on Flickr

Here is it in use:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/johanne...7626708150445/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/johanne...7626708150445/
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When my wife and took a trip to Montreal (where we got engaged) we did a stop over in Toronto on the way there and the way back. I'd have to say that I much prefer Montreal's station to Toronto's. It was so much quieter. Union station I found very loud with the sounds of the trains but I enjoyed the very nice architecture!
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Amusingly, I can just go quote myself from a post I made four years ago...

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/arch.../t-153012.html

Note that Calgary still does have the CPR Pavilion (connected to the Fairmont Palliser) which only houses the Royal Canadian Pacific trains for their luxury tours. Calgary has not had any intercity passenger rail since VIA cancelled the Calgary-Edmonton Dayliner on September 6, 1985 -- this day, 27 years ago.

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All pics courtesy of the Glenbow Museum Collections (http://www.glenbow.org/collections/)

Sadly, the CPR Station no longer exists and is now Palliser Square (where the Calgary Tower stands). The Canadian Northern station still stands, but no longer is a rail facility (it is part of St. Mary's High School IIRC). All the other stations were wiped out AFAIK.


Calgary | Canadian Pacific Railway Downtown Station

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Calgary | Canadian Northern Railway Station

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Calgary | Canadian Pacific Railway Ogden Station

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There was also a station in Midnapore, where the current Fish Creek/Lacombe LRT Station stands. However, I can't readily find images of it.
CP also has an image collection

http://www.cpr.ca/en/about-cp/our-pa...s/default.aspx
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I'm one of the few people who loves the new train station outside of the downtown area. The treatment of the old Union Station is unfortunate though. It should be criminal for prime real estate to be so underused, and the government's renovations in order to make it function as a conference centre are ghastly and completely insensitive to the existing architecture. My dream is for the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library to be relocated in a newly renovated and expanded Union Station with a link to the Rideau station on the new LRT. Ain't ever going to happen though!
I actually really like the architecture of the new station, which resembles a railway trestle. The location is not the best though.

As for the old Union Station/Government Conference Centre, I may be mistaken but I don't think the feds actually use it that often. My impression is that it just sits empty 97% of the time.
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I actually really like the architecture of the new station, which resembles a railway trestle. The location is not the best though.

As for the old Union Station/Government Conference Centre, I may be mistaken but I don't think the feds actually use it that often. My impression is that it just sits empty 97% of the time.
I was at a small two day meeting there once, back in 2009. Impressive building, needs some work on the interior.
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The Gare du Palais was built in 1915 by the Canadian Pacific Railway in a design similar to that of the Château Frontenac. Its name pays tribute to the Palace of the Intendant of New France which used to stood nearby. It is served by Via Rail and by private coach company Orléans Express. It was designated a Heritage Railway Station in 1992.

Nowadays, the train station is home to two popular restaurants: L'Aviatic Club and Le Charbon.


Gare par photos de Clo, sur Flickr



Gare du Palais - Québec par Luckyquebec, sur Flickr



Gare du palais - Québec par Luckyquebec, sur Flickr



Gare du Palais par Matt & Suzie, sur Flickr



Gare du Palais, Québec par pylacroix, sur Flickr
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Someone needs to post a few pics of Vancouver's. I don't have any decent shots myself.

This is about the best I have:



Always nice to have this as your hub Metro station.
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Wow, I am in love with Ottawa's train station. That idea could have been sssooo tacky but it was beautifully executed. Just gorgeous.

Quebec City's is, of course, fabulous. It's gotta be nice when your city is so beautiful that jaw-dropping public buildings are expected.

Vancouver's looks great as well. A little of what Kool Maudit called Slavic Wedding Cakery, ha! (as in... a little TOO St. Petersburg) but lovely just the same.

I love trains. I wish we still had them.
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Montreal's Gare centrale is a huge accomplishment in modern planning and design, but its planners and architects did everything in their power to ensure that it would not make a splash in the Montreal architectural landscape. In sum, Gare Centrale was always meant to be hidden out of sight. The station was always meant to be surrounded by CN's sprawling campus of office towers and exhibition halls and hotels. And today, this is precisely what it is.


The front of the station as it looked upon its completion in 1943. You can't see this nowadays, as the front of the station is completely hidden from view by CN's other buildings The Queen Elizabeth hotel and Tour Centrale.

http://www.imtl.org/image/big/CN_1942_centrale.jpg


The station had a bold design, remember this building started construction in 1926 (the great depression and the war ensured that it would only be completed in 1943).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8c/Canadian_National_Central_Station%2C_Montreal.jpg/800px-Canadian_National_Central_Station%2C_Montreal.jpg

The station remains the only one in North america with rail access from an underground tunnel on one side and a viaduct on the other. It was also the first to have access ramps for automobiles and trucks built in the initial design. Also worthy of noting, the station itself is completely underground.

The station is a mix of international and art deco styles. The inside is laced with art deco bas-relief showing stereotypical canadian activities as the national anthem is inscribed in both official languages.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a4/Image-Central_train_station%2C_west_corner_art%2C_Montreal.JPG/800px-Image-Central_train_station%2C_west_corner_art%2C_Montreal.JPG

Despite its continuing use, the station's bold aesthetics never won the affection of the city, even less than that, it barely even registers to anybody. When people here think of central station they think of a large room in the underground city, and not the art deco / international architectural hybrid and engineering wonder that it really is. This may have to do with the fact that the station's main exterior entrance (and the one most people see when entering the station) is through a cold elevated parking garage adjacent to the actual building:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...09_ZAC7733.JPG

This historic photo from the early 60's shows Central station and the partly completed complex that surrounds it (Place Bonaventure which nows covers the south tracks and the 30 storey Tour central were not built yet)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7...5c7ba4d8_z.jpg
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Thanks for all of the information.

I'm not a fan of the style of the building but I'm very impressed with it just the same - quite modern for it's time, it seems.

Pity about the entrance going through a parking garage. That seems like awful planning.
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It's not in Canada, but this is my 'home' station back in England


Photo by Mattbuck

It looks noway near as nice nowadays as it did 100 years ago. I don't know why they took down the stone building, but there's no sign of it anymore.


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Union Station in Regina was closed when rail service through Regina was discontinued in the 90s. A couple years later it was converted into the Casino Regina, which is how it stands today at the Northern end of Downtown:


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And part of the main hall:

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A little note... you can see the CP Rail Yards behind the Casino. The city tried to purchase the yards from CP, but CP backed out and is now only selling half of the inner-city railyard land.
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