Union Station

Union Station

Thousands of office workers arrive downtown each day through Union Station. During morning rush hour, hordes of eager workers rush northward from Union Station through the underground concourses to their offices. In the afternoon, the rush runs southward towards the station. During those times, it is best not to try to go against the flow.

Royal Bank tower

Across the street to the right, you can see the twin towers of the Royal Bank plaza, with their gold-tinged windows. Since the construction of these towers, the value of the gold in the glass has increased by several million dollars.

Interior of Union Station

Toronto is a popular city for movie-makers. Union Station is where many scenes of the movie "The Silver Streak" were shot. In the finale of that movie, a speeding locomotive crashed through the wall into the main lobby.

Union Station
The dreary track level.

A Railfans Guide to Union Station

The following tables list the arrivals and departures of the trains you're likely to see east and west of Union Station. Although the schedules are more or less accurate as of June 2008, I make no guarantees as to the accuracy of this information. Check with the railway for more detailed information.

Union Station
Tracks at west side of Union Station. The VIA train at the right is the "Canadian", bound for Vancouver.

West

Following the Skywalk west of Union Station leads you to the best spots for train watching. There are a number of bridges over the tracks offering a good view of rail movements. You can often see other railroad fans taking pictures from these spots.

  • Enclosed pedestrian bridge immediately west of the station, part of the Skywalk.
  • Enclosed pedestrian bridge joining north and south halls of the Toronto Convention Centre.
  • Enclosed and open pedestrian bridges at the foot of John Street.
  • Blue Jays Way bridge.
  • Spadina Avenue bridge.
  • Bathurst Street bridge.

Also note that at the end of the morning rush and the beginning of the afternoon rush, you are likely to see movements of GO trains between Union Station and the seven-track storage yard past Spadina Avenue.

Departures West Monday-Friday

0613  GO 473   Burlington
0653  GO 475   Burlington
0750  VIA 71   Windsor (via Brantford)
0755  GO 477   Burlington
0830  VIA 97   Niagara Falls (to New York NY)
0843  GO 907   Aldershot
0940  GO 251   Bramalea
0943  GO 909   Aldershot
1043  GO 911   Aldershot
1100  VIA 93   Niagara Falls (Mo, Th, Fr, Summer only)
1105  VIA 85   Sarnia (via Guelph)
1130  GO 257   Bramalea
1143  GO 913   Aldershot
1210  VIA 73   Windsor (via Brantford)
1243  GO 915   Aldershot
1300  GO 263   Bramalea
1343  GO 917   Aldershot
1443  GO 919   Aldershot
1445  GO 281   Brampton
1515  GO 461   Burlington
1533  GO 921   Burlington
1610  GO 801   Barrie
1610  GO 479   Burlington
1613  GO 463   Oakville
1615  GO 205   Georgetown
1625  VIA 75   Windsor (via Brantford)
1630  GO 491   Hamilton
1630  GO 151   Milton
1640  GO 803   Barrie
1643  GO 923   Oakville
1645  GO 207   Georgetown
1647  GO 481   Burlington
1650  GO 153   Milton
1702  GO 493   Hamilton
1710  GO 155   Milton
1713  GO 465   Oakville
1715  GO 209   Georgetown
1715  VIA 83   London (via Brantford)
1717  GO 805   Barrie
1719  GO 483   Burlington
1730  GO 157   Milton
1734  GO 495   Hamilton
1740  VIA 87   Sarnia (via Guelph)
1743  GO 925   Burlington
1745  GO 211   Georgetown
1745  VIA 95   Niagara Falls
1800  GO 809   Barrie
1803  GO 485   Burlington
1810  GO 159   Milton
1835  GO 497   Hamilton
1843  GO 927   Aldershot
1845  GO 269   Bramalea
1900  GO 161   Milton
1915  VIA 79   Windsor (via Brantford)
1943  GO 929   Aldershot
2043  GO 931   Aldershot
2143  GO 933   Aldershot
2200  VIA 89   London (via Guelph)
2200  VIA 1    Vancouver (Tu,Th)
2202  VIA 67   Aldershot
2243  GO 935   Aldershot
2343  GO 937   Aldershot
0043  GO 939   Aldershot
Arrivals West Monday-Friday

0607  GO 902   Burlington
0623  GO 250   Bramalea
0634  VIA 40   Aldershot (to Ottawa)
0635  GO 470   Aldershot
0636  VIA 740  Aldershot (to Montreal)
0705  VIA 640  Aldershot (to Ottawa)
0705  VIA 652  Aldershot (to Montreal)
0707  GO 904   Aldershot
0715  GO 800   Barrie
0717  GO 150   Milton
0722  GO 490   Hamilton
0725  GO 204   Georgetown
0740  GO 492   Hamilton
0742  GO 152   Milton
0742  GO 452   Oakville
0745  GO 802   Barrie
0750  GO 206   Georgetown
0758  GO 208   Georgetown
0802  GO 472   Burlington
0804  GO 154   Milton
0808  GO 906   Oakville
0810  GO 494   Hamilton
0814  GO 270   Bramalea
0816  GO 804   Barrie
0820  GO 156   Milton
0821  GO 456   Oakville
0825  GO 464   Clarkson
0825  VIA 82   London (via Brantford)
0827  VIA 86   London (via Guelph)
0830  GO 458   Port Credit
0832  GO 496   Hamilton
0835  GO 158   Milton
0835  VIA 90   Niagara Falls
0845  GO 210   Georgetown
0848  GO 808   Barrie
0855  GO 474   Burlington
0855  GO 160   Milton
0908  GO 908   Burlington
0930  GO 476   Burlington
0953  GO 252   Bramalea
1008  GO 910   Burlington
1024  VIA 70   Windsor (via Brantford)
1058  GO 254   Bramalea
1105  VIA 84   Sarnia (via Guelph)
1108  GO 912   Aldershot
1208  GO 914   Aldershot
1248  GO 260   Bramalea
1308  GO 916   Aldershot
1408  GO 918   Aldershot
1413  VIA 72   Windsor (via Brantford)
1418  GO 266   Bramalea
1508  GO 920   Aldershot
1610  VIA 94   Niagara Falls (Mo, Th, Fr, Summer only)
1620  GO 922   Aldershot
1712  GO 924   Aldershot
1738  GO 482   Burlington
1753  VIA 76   Windsor (via Brantford)
1808  GO 926   Oakville
1838  GO 484   Burlington
1908  GO 928   Burlington
1946  VIA 98   Niagara Falls (from New York NY)
2008  GO 930   Burlington
2108  GO 932   Aldershot
2208  GO 934   Aldershot
2219  VIA 78   Windsor (via Brantford)
2245  VIA 686  London (Fri)
2308  GO 936   Aldershot
2329  VIA 88   Sarnia (via Guelph)
0008  GO 938   Aldershot
Departures West Saturday-Sunday

0643  GO 903   Aldershot
0743  GO 905   Aldershot
0750  VIA 671  Windsor (via Brantford)
0830  VIA 97   Niagara Falls (to New York NY)
0843  GO 907   Aldershot
0943  GO 909   Aldershot
1043  GO 911   Aldershot
1100  VIA 93   Niagara Falls (Summer only)
1105  VIA 85   Sarnia (via Guelph)
1143  GO 913   Aldershot
1210  VIA 73   Windsor (via Brantford)
1243  GO 915   Aldershot
1343  GO 917   Aldershot
1443  GO 919   Aldershot
1543  GO 921   Aldershot
1625  VIA 675  Windsor (via Brantford)
1643  GO 923   Aldershot
1740  VIA 87   Sarnia (via Guelph)
1743  GO 925   Aldershot
1745  VIA 95   Niagara Falls
1843  GO 927   Aldershot
1915  VIA 79   Windsor (via Brantford)
1943  GO 929   Aldershot
2043  GO 931   Aldershot
2143  GO 933   Aldershot
2200  VIA 1    Vancouver (Sa)
2200  VIA 89   London (via Guelph) (Sun)
2202  VIA 67   Aldershot (Sun)
2243  GO 935   Aldershot
2343  GO 937   Aldershot
0043  GO 939   Aldershot
Arrivals West Saturday-Sunday

0636  VIA 740  Aldershot (Sat)
0705  VIA 640  Aldershot (Sat)
0705  VIA 652  Aldershot (Sat)
0807  GO 906   Aldershot
0907  GO 908   Aldershot
1007  GO 910   Aldershot
1024  VIA 70   Windsor (via Brantford)
1105  VIA 84   Sarnia (via Guelph)
1107  GO 912   Aldershot
1207  GO 914   Aldershot
1307  GO 916   Aldershot
1325  VIA 694  Niagara Falls (Summer only)
1407  GO 918   Aldershot
1413  VIA 72   Windsor (via Brantford)
1507  GO 920   Aldershot
1607  GO 922   Aldershot
1613  VIA 92   Niagara Falls
1707  GO 924   Aldershot
1753  VIA 76   Windsor (via Brantford)
1807  GO 926   Aldershot
1907  GO 928   Aldershot
1947  VIA 98   Niagara Falls (from New York NY)
2007  GO 930   Aldershot
2107  GO 931   Aldershot
2207  GO 934   Aldershot
2219  VIA 78   Windsor (via Brantford)
2307  GO 936   Aldershot
2329  VIA 88   Sarnia (via Guelph)
0007  GO 938   Aldershot

East

There are few good public places for viewing trains east of Union Station since there are no bridges over the tracks and the tracks are above grade. One possible spot is the roof of a public parking garage south of the St. Lawrence Market. Another spot is from the Distillery District.

Departures East Monday-Friday

0613  GO 902   Oshawa
0641  GO 424   Oshawa
0705  VIA 40   Ottawa
0705  VIA 52   Montréal
0728  GO 428   Oshawa
0743  GO 406   Pickering
0813  GO 906   Oshawa
0840  ONL Northlander Cochrane
0913  GO 908   Oshawa
0930  VIA 42   Ottawa
0930  VIA 56   Montréal
1013  GO 910   Oshawa
1113  GO 912   Oshawa
1135  VIA 60   Montréal
1210  VIA 44   Ottawa
1213  GO 914   Oshawa
1313  GO 916   Oshawa
1413  GO 918   Oshawa
1510  VIA 64   Montréal
1513  GO 920   Oshawa
1535  VIA 46   Ottawa
1545  GO 410   Pickering
1610  GO 430   Oshawa
1618  GO 862   Lincolnville
1625  GO 432   Oshawa
1630  GO 434   Oshawa
1630  GO 831   Richmond Hill
1648  GO 864   Lincolnville
1653  GO 436   Oshawa
1700  GO 833   Richmond Hill
1700  VIA 66   Montréal
1705  GO 412   Pickering
1710  GO 440   Oshawa
1720  GO 924   Oshawa
1720  GO 864   Lincolnville
1730  GO 835   Richmond Hill
1730  VIA 48   Ottawa
1733  GO 414   Pickering
1753  GO 438   Oshawa
1800  GO 866   Lincolnville
1813  GO 926   Oshawa
1830  GO 870   Lincolnville
1835  VIA 68   Montréal
1840  GO 837   Richmond Hill
1843  GO 442   Oshawa
1913  GO 928   Oshawa
1945  GO 839   Richmond Hill
2013  GO 930   Oshawa
2113  GO 932   Oshawa
2213  GO 934   Oshawa
2230  VIA 650  Kingston
2313  GO 936   Oshawa
0013  GO 938   Oshawa
Arrivals East Monday-Friday

0607  GO 421   Oshawa
0620  GO 861   Lincolnville
0647  GO 423   Oshawa
0705  GO 863   Lincolnville
0708  GO 830   Richmond Hill
0712  GO 425   Oshawa
0722  VIA 71   Oshawa
0727  GO 427   Oshawa
0736  GO 429   Oshawa
0738  GO 832   Richmond Hill
0743  GO 865   Lincolnville
0756  GO 431   Oshawa
0805  GO 403   Pickering
0808  GO 433   Oshawa
0810  GO 834   Richmond Hill
0818  GO 867   Lincolnville
0820  VIA 651  Kingston
0830  GO 405   Pickering
0840  GO 435   Oshawa
0840  GO 836   Richmond Hill
0853  GO 869   Lincolnville
0900  GO 407   Pickering
0915  GO 443   Oshawa
0930  VIA 2    Vancouver (Tu,Th)
0938  GO 909   Oshawa
1022  VIA 41   Ottawa
1038  GO 911   Oshawa
1129  VIA 53   Montréal
1138  GO 913   Oshawa
1238  GO 915   Oshawa
1316  VIA 43   Ottawa
1338  GO 917   Oshawa
1438  GO 919   Oshawa
1524  VIA 57   Montréal
1528  GO 921   Oshawa
1638  GO 923   Oshawa
1646  VIA 61   Montréal
1705  GO 411   Pickering
1708  VIA 45   Ottawa
1722  GO 437   Oshawa
1800  GO 439   Oshawa
1818  GO 441   Oshawa
1838  GO 927   Oshawa
1902  GO 415   Pickering
1915  ONL Northlander Cochrane
1938  GO 929   Oshawa
2038  GO 931   Oshawa
2041  VIA 65   Montréal
2134  VIA 47   Ottawa
2138  GO 933   Oshawa
2145  VIA 67   Montréal
2238  GO 935   Oshawa
2302  VIA 49   Ottawa
2333  VIA 69   Montréal
2338  GO 937   Oshawa
0038  GO 939   Oshawa
Departures East Saturday-Sunday

0705  VIA 52   Montréal
0705  VIA 40   Ottawa
0713  GO 904   Oshawa
0725  VIA 652  Montréal (Sat)
0725  VIA 640  Ottawa (Sat)
0813  GO 906   Oshawa
0830  ONL Northlander Cochrane (Sun)
0913  GO 908   Oshawa
0930  VIA 42   Ottawa (Sun)
1013  GO 910   Oshawa
1113  GO 912   Oshawa
1135  VIA 60   Montréal
1210  VIA 44   Ottawa
1213  GO 914   Oshawa
1313  GO 916   Oshawa
1413  GO 918   Oshawa
1510  VIA 64   Montréal
1513  GO 920   Oshawa
1535  VIA 46   Ottawa (Sun)
1613  GO 922   Oshawa
1713  GO 924   Oshawa
1813  GO 926   Oshawa
1835  VIA 668  Montréal
1835  VIA 648  Ottawa
1913  GO 928   Oshawa
2013  GO 930   Oshawa
2113  GO 932   Oshawa
2213  GO 934   Oshawa
2313  GO 936   Oshawa
0013  GO 938   Oshawa
Arrivals East Saturday-Sunday

0737  GO 905   Oshawa
0837  GO 907   Oshawa
0930  VIA 2    Vancouver (Sa)
0931  VIA 655  Kingston (Sat)
0937  GO 909   Oshawa
1037  GO 911   Oshawa
1126  VIA 641  Ottawa (Sat)
1129  VIA 53   Montréal (Sat)
1137  GO 913   Oshawa
1237  GO 915   Oshawa
1335  VIA 643  Ottawa (Sun)
1337  GO 917   Oshawa
1437  GO 919   Oshawa
1524  VIA 57   Montréal
1537  GO 921   Oshawa
1637  GO 923   Oshawa
1646  VIA 61   Montréal (Sun)
1708  VIA 45   Ottawa
1737  GO 925   Oshawa
1837  GO 927   Oshawa
1915  ONL Northlander Cochrane (Sun)
1937  GO 929   Oshawa
2037  GO 931   Oshawa
2041  VIA 65   Montréal
2134  VIA 47   Ottawa (Sun)
2137  GO 933   Oshawa
2147  VIA 67   Montréal (Sun)
2237  GO 935   Oshawa
2302  VIA 49   Ottawa
2333  VIA 69   Montréal
2337  GO 937   Oshawa
0037  GO 939   Oshawa