Friday, August 3, 2018

Weekend Roundup

Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler
Skywatch Friday
ABC Wednesday

1. Starts with "E."
2. A Favorite
3.  EVEN

For the letter of the week for this round I am going to go with all things TTC, Toronto Transit Corporation.

Starts with "E"

Eglinton West Station

The station was designed by Arthur Erickson and Clifford & Lawrie. The main ticketing and concourse area at surface level is sheltered by an exposed concrete space frame supported by eight circular columns. The concrete ceiling is, in effect, a large slab, and overhangs the entrance. With a glass curtain wall, it appears to float. Inside, it is coffered throughout the station, with skylights in certain areas, allowing for increased penetration of natural light.

As the north end of the station is in Allen Road's median, the Line 1 platform level is partly built at surface level. Designers took advantage of this and added windows at platform level. The northbound platform has regular windows, allowing for a view onto Allen Road, while windows on the opposite platform are frosted, creating the impression of fog. This combination of windows allows transit riders to view cars speeding onto Allen Road's northbound expressway lanes, while blocking views of cars stuck in traffic at Eglinton.

During July 2009, the TTC installed an $850,000 green roof over the northern end of the station to reduce maintenance costs, increase the lifespan to 40–50 years, reduce the heat island effect by lowering the temperature of the surrounding area by a few degrees, and to reduce runoff. The TTC had to repair the roof anyway, since it had been leaking since 2000. The plants atop the 835-square-metre roof are low-maintenance sedums.

The station's artwork, on two enamel murals facing each other, is Summertime Streetcar by Gerald Zeldin, which depicts the exterior of a PCC streetcar from differing distances and perspectives. The artwork is two storeys high and is located in the appropriately high ceiling section of the platform level. The depicted streetcar models have never served this station.

A Favourite -Entertainment

Or known by the TTC as Underground Sounds, every three years, the TTC holds auditions for the coveted 75 Subway Musician Licenses.


Even or Equal Before the Law by Eldon Garnet


  1. I would love to hear some of that music. Enjoyable post!

  2. I like to listen to the buskers playing in the London tube walkways. They also view for spots, I always thought they paid though they also may have auditions. Dunno.

  3. wonderful that they try to bring a human scale to the subway. Music, what an addition. All of this makes a ride underground something to look forward to. Thanks Jackie for sharing this wonderful post, enjoy your weekend.

  4. I play the piano, but always thought it would be nice to be able to play a harp, I love listening to it. I also would enjoy listening to the underground music! Your photos are wonderful! Have a great weekend!

  5. interesting nurals and i love to hear the talent of the buskers. Love the last image. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. a certain ELEGANCE to that train station


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