West Toronto CPR yard size increase 1917

The yard at West Toronto is being increased by the addition of tracks to accommodate 500 cars, thus bringing its capacity up to 2,200 cars. The biggest piece of the work is the completion of the subway at Runnymede Road. When the capacity of the yard was last increased, the substructure for a 12-track subway was put in, but the superstructure for 6 tracks only was completed. The super-structure for the additional 6 ti-acks is now being put in. Reinforced concrete is being used, the contractors being Archi-bald & Hilmer, Ltd., Toronto. The grading and track laying, with the exception of that over the subway has been completed by the company’s own forces, an iDallasting is being gone on with.
The present extension lies between the locomotive house built in 1913, and the old West Toronto yard.

Nov update,
Extension ofCanadian PacificYards at Lambton and West Toronto.
Considerable progress has been made with the enlarging of the C.P.R. Lamb-ton-West Toronto yards, briefly referred to in Canadian Railway and Marine World last issue. The work consists of lengthening and rearranging the tracks, which will greatly increase the capacity and facilitate the operation of the yards. The tracks will be long enough to hold the longest trains. The present neck at Runnymede Road crossing, which now causes delay and other troubles, will be removed. The Lambton yard, located between Scarlett Road and Runnymede Road, is being divided into two parallel yards, with independent leads at both ends. The yard will be used entirely for receiving and dispatching trains. It will provide for double track movements and for the easiest possible access to and from the locomotive house for incoming and outgo-ing locomotives. The West Toronto yard, located between Runnymede Road and Keele St., is also being divided into two yards, with independent switching tracks at each end. It will be used mostly for sorting cars for the Toronto terminals and may be called the “local yard.” The Lambton yard is being lengthened 750 ft. by acquiring extra land and di-verting St. Clair Ave. to the north be-tween Scarlett Road and Jane St. The two switching tracks at the west end of the yard are being extended westward. In order to extend the yard at tlie east end,
it is necessary to widen the present sub-way at Runnymede Road about 80 ft. to the north. This extension is being built in reinforced concrete throughout. The bents consist of reinforced concrete posts and caps, on which are placed concrete slabs, spanning the four openings, two of which are for the roadways and two for the sidewalks. The concrete slabs are being constructed on the ground adjoining the subway, and are placed in position by a portable crane. The slabs, which are 4 ft. 7 in. wide, are being laid with %, in.
spaces. The joints are being filled with grout, and the entire floor will be made waterproof before the tracks are put on. When the present subway was built this extension was contemplated and the two abutments were built long enough for it.
The extension westward of the local yard is achieved by diverting Ethel Ave. to the north for 800 ft. west of Runnymede Road, for which some extra land was bought. A local freight and transfer yard and platform has been built west of Jane St. to take care of the transfer of freight which was formerly done in John St. yard. This improvement has resulted in a considerable saving in time and power. The construction of this transfer yard has necessitated the moving of Lambton station to Scarlett Road, a short distance west. Track scales will be locat-ed at the most convenient points. The work in connection wdth the widen-ing of Runnymede Road subway is being done by Archibald & Holmes, contractors, of Toronto. All the track work is being done by the C.P.R. forces.

 The lastextension of the yards was fully describ-ed and illustrated in Canadian Railway and Marine World, Nov. 1913,

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