Friday, November 9, 2018

Weekend Roundup

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

1. Starts with "S."
2. A Favorite
3. Shimmering



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



Letter S

There is a stupendous amount of S's in this post.

Spadina is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University and Line 2 Bloor–Danforth. It is located on Spadina Road, north of Bloor Street West. It is the only station open overnight, along with Union station.








The station consists of two separate sections, one for each line, at the same level and 150 metres apart. 




The north–south platforms, which opened in 1978, were originally planned as a separate station, but the TTC decided to join to the existing 1966 east–west station with a pedestrian tunnel containing a pair of long moving walkways.

The long walk between the two platforms was once made easier by a lengthy moving sidewalk that simultaneously delighted and enraged subway users.

This sign can still be seen.



The cost of the moving walkways themselves became an issue when they became due for refurbishment or replacement, and they were shut down and ultimately removed in 2004, leaving the corridor as a simple underground walkway.

The Line 1 and 2 platforms of Spadina Station should really be two separate stops given the physical distance between them. That was the TTC's original plan, but for a variety of reasons, the decision was ultimately made to fashion Spadina as a sprawling interchange.


An underground loop for the 510 Spadina streetcar was added in 1997 near the east end of the east–west platforms. The streetcar platform adds Postmodern finishes to the station's mix of styles.








Spadina's station has not one but three pieces. Two appear inside the newer northern entrance on Kendal Avenue, which was built into an existing brick house at 85 Spadina Road. In its stairwell is Louis de Niverville's playful and surreal enamel mural "Morning Glory", and just inside the turnstiles is "Barren Ground Caribou", an enormous quilt by Joyce Weiland depicting a group of caribou on the tundra.


And inside the main entrance building, on the northeast corner of Bloor and Spadina, is yet another work. Standing just beyond the stairs are three massive cedar house posts depicting the owl, wolf and hawk, and carved by Fedelia O'Brien, Murphy Green and Chuck Heit of the Gitksan First Nation in British Columbia.








FAVOURITE

Souvenirs

TTC souvenirs, for sure! The Spacing Store is a favourite place of mine.


Subway station pins.



Soft cushions!







Stories!





FAVOURITE
Streetcars!
A video of the new streetcars when they were first implemented in 2014. I found this video on Youtube.


BONUS  Subway Song


SHIMMERING

This took some thought. I finally settled on a photo from the Infinity Mirrors Kusama exhibit at the AGO. 




14 comments:

  1. I like the house posts!

    I don't recall ever being in that station except for passing through by subway. Never got off or got on there.

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    1. You should check it out and then get back on the next train.

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  2. ...OK, you winner, 62 'S's! Thats if I counted them all. Whats next, 63 'T's? 'S'uch an amazing job Jackie, thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Tom, never thought to count them! And no I don't think I can beat that with T!

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  3. What a treat!! Love your Header pic. The subway story seems uncharacteristic of you sensible folks in Canada. Finally, the street car video was really cool....and, yes, one can't buy a ticket in a crowded car.

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    1. I agree, impossible to buy a ticket on a crowded train, and when you get off at Spadina there are fare inspectors looking for your POP, proof of payment! This was 2014 in the last year they have introduced a PRESTO card which you you load with an amount and you simply tap for payment as you enter the car.

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  4. I wish we had Spadina station. All we have in Houston is above ground rail. If I came I would want a pillow with a train. If I came I would want a pillow with a train.
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    1. Jim, some people have no trouble sleeping even without a pillow!

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    2. Sorry for the repeat. Well, Jackie, my pillow would be a souvenir placed on a chair to remind me of my Toronto visit. I am really glad I got to see it.
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  5. thank you for taking us along in the new streetcar. AN exciting ride although I do love the design of the ole one better. Glad I had not to learn the words of that SONG and to have to SING it. SO many photographs. I hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. I agree, Margaret, the old cars have a certain elegance and class. However, they are not so great in the middle of summer without air conditioning!

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  6. Beautiful colored tiles in Spadina station. You found an awesome pic for shimmering. WOW! Have a great weekend!

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  7. Beautiful wood carvings and interesting post!

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