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December 11, 2008
Historic Don Rail Station moves to a new home in Roundhouse Park
  
The historic Don Rail Station that stood on the grounds of Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre for 40 years has been moved by flatbed trucks to a new permanent location in Roundhouse Park, adjacent to the John Street Roundhouse National Historic Site.

Prior to its installation at Todmorden Mills, the Don Rail Station stood at the Don River and Queen Street East where, from 1896 to 1967, it served Canadian Pacific Railway passenger trains travelling between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, although use of the station began to decline during the 1930s. The station was removed from active service in 1967. In 1969, with the help of long-time East York mayor True Davidson, it was moved to Todmorden Mills to save it from demolition. The buildings that are original to Todmorden Mills once comprised a small industrial community which supplied lumber, beer, paper and flour to the growing city of Toronto.

Sections of the dismantled station (roof, turret, divided main structure) were lifted onto flatbed trucks and driven to Roundhouse Park where the structure will be properly restored, displayed and interpreted as a feature of the new Toronto Railway Heritage Centre that, in its later phases, will link to a rail history interpretive presence at Union Station, the Skywalk, and other rail points of interest from Cherry Street to Bathurst Street. The first phase of the centre is scheduled to open in 2009.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/culture.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Economic Development, Culture & Tourism media line, 416-560-8726



 

 

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