Saturday, August 17, 2013

Relaxing in Roundhouse Park

This urban oasis used to be surrounded by railway tracks that serviced all the locomotives that passed by #Toronto Union Station, now it is shaded by beautiful trees and is home to a tiny, little railway, a craft brewery and a furniture store. I was amused to see that even Steam Whistle Brewing lets out the occasional steam whistle.
The water tower is painted in the green and white colours of the brewery

Around the rail turntable are several locomotives and rail cars remembering the past and you can always catch a ride on the TR miniature railway.
"Roundhouse Park was created in 1997 on top of the southern expansion of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The park features the original, fully restored and operational 120-foot long locomotive turntable and a carefully chosen collection of full-sized railway equipment. It is home to the Toronto Railway Historical Association live steam miniature railway and other outdoor exhibits illustrating Toronto's railway heritage. Exhibits include the original 60,000-gallon water tower, the 650-ton concrete locomotive coaling tower and a collection of historic buildings, including the Don Station and Cabin D."

Across the road the finishing touches are being put on the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, slated to open later in September 2013, while across the road you have a nice vista of Rogers Centre and the CN Tower, towards the NE you can see the rising condos and office towers of the centre core.
Locomotive 6213 - ready for another run

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