Saturday, November 19, 2016

Friday Finds

1. Starts with U
2. Week's Favorite
3. Nature
The first two will be the same, except we’ll work our way through the alphabet. The second can be a favorite image or activity from the week. The third will be different each time.

Friday Finds   ABC Wednesday

November  2016 - Toronto ON

Starts with U - UNION STATION

 "You build your stations like we build our cathedrals."
Prince of Wales at Union Station's official opening in 1927
Prince of Wales - opening Union Station City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1266, Globe and Mail Collection, Item 11128

In front of a large crowd on August 6, 1927, His Royal Highness, Edward, the Prince of Wales, cut the ribbon that opened Union Station with a pair of gold scissors. The Prince of Wales was accompanied by his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of York (shown in foreground of photo), British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and Mrs. Baldwin, and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. The welcoming party included Ontario Lieutenant Governor William Donald Ross and Mrs. Ross, Ontario Premier G. Howard Ferguson and numerous other members of the Ontario and Canadian governments.

After cutting the ribbon, the Prince of Wales was escorted to the ticket counters where he was issued the first ticket ever sold at Union Station. The ticket was to Alberta and cost $71.20 which today would be approximately $1184.49. During this 11-minute ceremony, the Prince of Wales was also presented with a gold key that unlocked the station. Later that week, on August 11, the Station received and dispatched its first passenger trains.

The exterior walls of the station are Indiana and Queenston limestone. Each of the 22 Bedford limestone columns weighs 75 tons is 40 feet high.
Photo taken during the summer. At the moment there are major renovations being done to the entire building. New concourses have been built. The grand old lady needed a facelift.

Construction began in 1914, a time when railway stations were viewed as the gateway to a city. Material shortages during the First World War, and the collapse of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1919, delayed completion of the station. Finished in 1921, it remained unused for six more years because of legal wrangling between, the Harbour Commission, the City, and the railways over grade separations. In 1924, a final plan was approved by the Board of Railway Commissioners, and work on the necessary viaduct, bridge, grading, platforms and trackage commenced. During this time the old Union Station remained open.

Currently hidden by scaffolding.

WEEK'S FAVOURITE  - not many photos taken this week either. I did take this when we went to the movies just because I thought it was cute.

NATURE - October sunset from our condo.

  1. 1.
    the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.
    "the breathtaking beauty of nature"
    synonyms:the natural world, Mother Nature, Mother Earth, the environment; 
  2. 2.
    the basic or inherent features of something, especially when seen as characteristic of it.
    "helping them to realize the nature of their problems"
    synonyms:essence, inherent/basic/essential qualities, inherent/basic/essential features,character, complexion


  1. Your nature shot is spectacular. I like the contrast of light and black.
    The part about Union Square is interesting. That's great the city decided to renovate than pull it down.

  2. Great shots of Union Station - I haven't been there in years, but used to be there quite often. Always a bustling and busy spot. I used to come out of the station and walk up to BCE Place where I liked going to the Movenpick Market-style restaurant. Often had the rosti and smoked salmon there. Love the sunset shot!

  3. I like to visit those old train stations. I remember going and waiting for my ex-MIL at the nice old station in El Paso (Texas). The seats were wooden benches, I seem to remember them as having slats like park benches. Of course some of the train cars also had those kind of slatted bench seats, I think two sat on each one.
    I'm wondering what the movie was, a Disney perhaps? Beautiful sunset too.

  4. Those sunset colours are amazing!

    The renovation work is still going on?

  5. That is quite the impressive station. I think it would be fun to visit. I love all the history you share with us each week. The shot for nature is wonderful. Thank you so much for joining Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a great week!