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Video of Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Meeting: 2016-04-27

Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Meeting: 2016-04-27

Published on Apr 28, 2016

A mostly complete video of Metrolinx’s meeting regarding the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation on April 27 2016, at St. Sebastien Catholic School 

by Vic Gedris.

Old time trains web site updated March `1st, a site with much about the Junction railroad history 2016-03-02 17-26-27

 2016 is the 16th years for the site


My all time favorite article on the site is the HISTORY OF PRIVATE SIDINGS article which lists private railroad sidings of the past for the city, the article lists a lot of sidings that were in the Junctions.

Here is a link to their update page.


CPR Canadian Holiday Train in the Junction Monday, November 30, 2015 8:15pm



CPR Holiday Train


​750 Runnymede Road,

in front of Lambton Yard

arrival 8:15 PM        performance 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

performers Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott


The wonderful CPR holiday Train is coming, sadly this blog author will not be there, but if you go you will have a great time.


all text below CPR


​​​What’s a Holiday Train event like?

A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: The train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs.  The whole event lasts about 30 minutes, and once the band plays its farewell show, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off into the night on its way to the next stop. 

Please make sure that you keep a safe distance away from the train so we can safely continue our journey.




elsewhere local below, Monday, November 30, 2015


​Oshawa 680 Laval Drive – Behind Walmart, off Stevenson Road South​ 4:30 PM 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott
​Hamilton ​Western approach to Kinnear Yard, opposite Gage Park 7:45 PM 8:00 PM – 8:40 PM Kira Isabella and Wes Mack


The Symes Rd train Wall

“When the wall was built originally it suppose to serve as a sound wall. Now that there is no track behind it something should be done to reduce its height. 100 Symes now has 15+ businesses including a brewery (Rainhart) + Sports gym (Monkey Vault). People are getting lost driving around trying to figure out how to get across. A simple rail will do to prevent traffic.”

As a sound barrier wall from the train noise, the wall had a a very short life. The land that was the rain tracks was then sold to St Helens Meat packers which uses it as a parking lot for their employees. The wall most probably belongs to the City of Toronto, or the development if the houses built on the sound side of the wall at are some type of condo development.

The best solution to increased traffic on the south side of the wall now that is looking for 100 Symes Rd. would be directional signage.

However the wall does present a rather special iconic reuse that retains the memory of the tracks that once fed the Canada Packers site.



St Clair Avenue West between Keele Street and Old Weston Road construction Nov 25th to May 11

Thks to blog reader Manny for posting this in the comments.

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Some partial work for the road widening has already started

• Sidewalk on the south side of St Clair Avenue West between Keele Street and Old Weston Road will be closed from November 18 to Dec 20, 2013.

November 14, 2013

St. Clair Avenue West Construction
Avenue Road to Gunn’s Road
Start Date: November 25, 2013 – End Date: May 11, 2014
In November 2013 the City of Toronto will carry out construction activities on St Clair Avenue west
between Avenue Road and Gunn’s Road including road widening and partial sidewalk repairs.
Construction Details – orange highlighted are Junction areas parts
Delta Bingo (west of Old Weston Road) road realignment / widening on St Clair West, including pole
relocation and street lighting relocation in front of Delta Bingo,

new planter at the TTC Shelter
construction at St Clair West and Dufferin St, pole removals, curb nose adjustment,

poetry on the street installation,

new street lighting installation on existing poles at Avenue Road and St Clair,

BIA street lights at McRoberts and St Clair, Trunk Watermain connections to the district main at two

locations, Gunn’s Loop directional bore and partial Sidewalk Reconstruction.
Traffic Restrictions
• Minimum of one traffic lane at each direction will be maintained at all times.
• Sidewalk on the south side of St Clair Avenue West between Keele Street and Old Weston Road
will be closed from November 18 to Dec 20, 2013.
Work Hours
The City Contractor’s work hours are expected to be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 9
a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends, with work after hours as required. After-hours work by the contractor in
coordination with TTC is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project as
quickly as possible.
Parking Restrictions & Pedestrian Access
On-street parking will not be permitted in the active work zones. Safety barricade fencing will be
placed to provide a safe barrier between the work and pedestrians. Pedestrian access to businesses
and walkways will be maintained on both sides of all roads during construction. The contractor will
further notify businesses of any other temporary disruptions.
For More Information
Project web-pages:

The disappearing street curbs of the greater Junction Area.



Ever notice that the curbs in the Junction are disappearing with the rising levels of road paving material and the build up every time they do remedial road surface work.

For a long time the city ripped up the old road surface and laid down new underlayment and asphalt.

Most Junction streets have not been resurfaced in this manner for over 2 decades, they have had the surface ground and overlaid with a thin liquid re-coating. This Slurry Seal it is a mixture of emulsion, aggregate, water and mineral filler applied to an asphalt surface, but now, in most cases this seal usefulness has been worn away.

The curbs in many streets that a car or truck can simply roll over the curb with little speed.
How curbs lead to greater safety.

While most curbs are psychological deterrent to drivers than a barrier to vehicles. Cars are only redirected at low speeds and shallow glancing angles.

It does make a difference in traffic speeds. A recent study found that streets with curbs and sidewalks have average speeds 7 mph less than similar roads without curbs or sidewalks. To put this into perspective, at 25 mph, a pedestrian has an 80% chance of surviving getting hit by a car. At 35 mph, it’s 50%. At 45 mph, the chances of living are only 20%. Slowing traffic down dramatically increases safety.


from wikipedia …

A curb (US English), or kerb (UK English), is the edge where a raisedpavement/sidewalk/footpath, road median, or road shoulder meets an unraised street or otherroadway.


Curbs may fulfill any or several of a number of functions. They separate the road from the roadside, discouraging drivers from parking or driving on sidewalks and lawns. They also provide structural support to the pavement edge. Curbs can be used to channel runoff waterfrom rain, or melted snow and ice into storm drains. There is also an aesthetic aspect, in that curbs look formal and “finished”.

Since curbs add to the cost of a road, they are generally limited to urban and suburban areas, and are rarely found in rural areas except where certain drainage conditions (such asmountains or culverts) make them necessary. Curbs are not universally used, however, even in urban settings (see living street).

best curb site anywhere on the internets

Stockyards Mall using brick as part if south facing facade.

As the build if the stockyards mall turns to interiors and facades in areas the street-scape is really changing.

All along St Clair Ave. where the mall is being built was for decades a open field – where some of the Canada Packers plant stood until a fire destroyed the corner block at the north west corner of Keele St. And St Clair Ave.



Are suspended coffees available in the Junction?


This blog author  always thought suspended coffees were available in the Junction, not being a coffee drinker, and thus only entreating into a coffee shop one or twice a year, I never saw someone suspend a coffee. Today the The Star newspaper has reported on the practice in a big way.

Is it hat new to the city?images

what is it? …people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal. From QUORA


Looks like the whole Old Canada Bread building is now leased out


Looks like the Old Canada Bread building is now leased out according to the Metropolitan Reality Leasing Website.

Thanks for reader Manny for posting this in a comment,



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CPR Canadian Holiday Train will be in the Junction Saturday, December 01, 2012



The Canadian Holiday Train will be in the Junction

Saturday, December 01, 2012

5:30 p.m., 750 Runnymede Rd,

in front of CP Lambton yard office,

Entertainers on the Canadian train include Doc WalkerMiss Emily, and theBrothers Dube.



Silvano Colour Labs building sold – 355 Weston Rd

TV star company moves into old Canada Bread Factory also

The old Canada Bread Factory on Cawthra Ave is quickly becoming what this blog wrote about hoping it would become a great hime for innovative businesses. Another business that has moved in is

90 Cawthra Ave – Unit 102, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6N 3C7



from their about us text…


About Posterjack is a Canadian company based out of Toronto. We are an online business, and we serve the entire Canadian market from our Toronto location. 

The people at love turning photos into artwork. Because we love what we do, we always strive to create the very best products available. The type of products that we love to hang and enjoy in our very own homes. So far this vision has served us well. In a just a few short years, has surpassed the traditional photo companies and now produces more photo art than any other company in Canada. 

We hope that you are excited about turning your photos into art and we look forward to the opportunity to help you do just that! 


The outside of the part of the old bread plant they occupy.




Shaky shaky with excitement, International Cheese trucks have appeared in one of the Truck bays of the old Canada Bread Factory

Is international Cheese expanding ?

The blog has sent them an email asking if so.

Hopefully it is, medium size artisan businesses such this one contribute a lot to the community – activity, access to good products at factory stores, employment, industrial continuation. Above all they contribute to a mixed community use of residential and light commercial so needed in areas made of railways, large shopping areas, and sporadic large I dust rial uses. (which are just now to bear on this area fully as a new large retail area joins the original stockyards development)

Expanding into a building with off street parking is also a boon to the residential community as it moves trucks off the streets, trucks on the local streets has long been a issue for local residents.

Hopefully the company will let us know what’s up.

Junction Rd / Weston Rd shutdown to last for months more.

The west Toronto Diamond separation projection will keep the Junction Rd / Weston Rd roadway shutdown to last for months more.

This section of the airport rail link involves the construction of a major underpass where one railroad track will pass over another.

Historically the trains traveled over trackage that crossed each other at a level crossing, requiring one train to stop while another passed.

All this construction will remove this rail travel limitation.

The congestion this construction causes it appears to be a major headache for the local police who have to come down to southern part of their division by Keele St only.

The reopening of the Junction Rd / Weston Rd way will allow the police a much quicker travel way into the south end of their division.

So what’s the work at the Junction Rd / Weston Rd diamond separate now.

Here are a number of photographs of the site currently. The large round objects are the concrete filled steel tubes that will
form the barrier wall as the dig out the ground to form the underpass.

The following images are of sound deadening shrouds used during the driving in of the steel piles.

The blog intends to put a page of all the image being sent in once the uploading issue presently troubling the blog is fixed.

Long established technical roofing company has left the Greater Junction Area -ouch-

Well this I should have known awhile back as this author drove by a Bothwell-Accurate facility not in the Junction a few weeks ago.

Mistakenly my mind pull it down to a business expansion. Although no doubt a business as unique and profession as this is expanding.

But it was a move, as evidenced by the empty building and lot at their long time Junction location at 160 Symes Rd.

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Location:Symes Rd,Toronto,Canada