GO Transit - GOT 242 - GOT 557 - Union Station Rail Corridor

GOT 242 and GOT 557 Square
GOT 242 and GOT 557 - Union Station Rail Corridor - Toronto , ON
GOT 242 and GOT 557

GO Transit (GOT) 242, a cab control car, leads an afternoon rush hour commuter train west past two other GO Transit trains on the Union Station Rail Corridor (USRC). The two trains to the right of GOT 242, were stopped while waiting for clearance to enter the Union Station complex. The train on the far right was being operated in push mode by Go Transit (GOT) 557. Meanwhile, the train in the middle was being operated in pull mode by an unknown Go Transit locomotive. 

Union Station Rail Corridor

The USRC stretches to the east and west of Union Station and has an endless parade of commuter trains. At peak times it's not unusual to see three or more trains all entering or leaving the Union Station complex at once. In the photograph above, the USRC has ten tracks between Blue Jays Way (the bridge in the distance) and Spadina Avenue (where the photograph was taken from).

On the west side of Toronto Union Station, the corridor runs between Union Station and Bathurst Street. At Bathurst Street, GO Transit trains departing Union Station and going west, can take either the GO Lakeshore West Line (GO's Oakville Subdivision), or the GO Kitchener Line (GO's Weston Subdivision). GO Transit trains running west on the Lakeshore West Line go to Burlington, Ontario, and Hamilton, Ontario, with a few weekend trains going to Niagara Falls. Trains that take the Weston Subdivision can take the Kitchener Line or the Milton Line. Trains to Milton diverge from the Weston Subdivision at West Toronto Junction. The Oakville Subdivision was formerly owned by Canadian National but was purchased by Metrolinx (GO Transits parent agency). The Weston Subdivision is mostly owned by Metrolinx (GO Transit), except for a segment of the line between Georgetown, Ontario, and Bramalea, Ontario, which is still owned by Canadian National.

Photo taken: September 16, 2015, at Toronto, Ontario.


  1. Busy place at rush hours for sure

    1. Indeed it is, Jim. The area to the west of Union Station is one of my favorite places to visit for railroad photographing when I visit Toronto. Part of that is because it is easily accessible. Many railroad places in the GTA don't seem to be easy to get to.

  2. Nice image! I need to get there. As Jim keeps telling me I need to get my Passport. :-)

    1. Thanks a lot, Shelly.

      Yes, you should definitely visit Toronto. It is a great and fun town, with lots of things to see and do. Rail fanning can be a bit hard, with traffic always being congested, it seems. You really need to plan out the locations you want to see and just get to them.


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