OTOL Toronto RailFest 2019

July 15-20, 2019

Created 11/26/09; Updated 1/31/21

OTOL Toronto RailFest 2019 was a follow-up trip to our OTOL Toronto RailFest journey in 2004, and our OTOL Montreal RailFest event in the summer of 2006 (when we also travelled to Toronto). We visited some lines and stations in the Toronto area that were not yet in service at those times. Overnight stays were planned in the vicinity of Toronto Pearson International Airport, to and from which we rode the UP Express all three evenings and mornings while in town.

The westbound and eastbound trips to & from Toronto were broken up with stopovers in Utica, NY and Schenectady, NY respectively.

Monday, July 15
Left New York City in the morning on a northbound/westbound Amtrak Empire Service train. Arrived in Utica, NY that evening. Overnight there.

Tuesday, July 16
Left Utica, NY on westbound Maple Leaf. Arrived Toronto in evening. Overnight in Toronto.

Wednesday, July 17
GO TRANSIT round trips to Mt. Pleasant and Aurora, followed by branch routes of the 504 King Streetcar. Overnight in Toronto.

Thursday, July 18
Rioe Link Train within the airport. Then GO TRANSIT commuter rail to Mt. Joy & back, also Scarborough RT (Line 3), Bloor Danforth subway (Line 2), and the Younge-University subway (Line 1) including newest segment to Vaughan. Ended day with 510 Spadina Streetcar. Overnight in Toronto.

Friday, July 19
Left Toronto in morning on eastbound Maple Leaf. Arrived evening in Schenectady. Overnight in Schenectady.

Saturday, July 20
Boarded eastbound/southbound Amtrak Empire Service train in morning. Arrived New York City early afternoon.

Click here for:Comments
List of participantsUpdated 7/16/19
ItineraryUpdated 7/21/19
Border Crossing IssuesUpdated 6/16/19
Currency ExchangeUpdated 1/31/21
Cell Phone Use In CanadaUpdated 7/4/19

Click here for:Comments
List of Toronto area transit routesUpdated 7/21/19
List of Toronto area commuter routesUpdated 7/19/19
Toronto transit costsUpdated 7/20/19
Toronto area linksUpdated 5/13/19