I grew up in a railroad town. The long, plaintive sound of the train’s whistle could be heard daily for miles around. All of us kids grew up learning to look both ways before crossing the train tracks.
When I think of trains and my hometown, I think of summer. My friends and I would walk along the tracks, looking for fossils in the rocks in the train beds. Always, always we were listening for a train, in case we needed to scramble off the tracks quickly. During berry season, we used to fill recycled peanut butter pails with plump, juicy raspberries that grew in large bushes next to the tracks–until the year the railroad cut down all the bushes because they were getting in the way of the trains. Raspberry pies were never the same after that.
All this is my way of saying that trains hold a special place in my memories, a sense of nostalgia for another time. Today, I’d like to take you on a photo tour of Roundhouse Park in Toronto where the history of trains is celebrated. The background of the downtown Toronto skyline makes the setting especially lovely. Train lovers, this one’s for you.
If you want to learn more about the history of the railroad in Canada, the Toronto Railway Museum is located at Roundhouse Park in the historic John Street Roundhouse (alongside Steamwhistle Brewery, a local craft brewer). The museum is open 12-5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5.