Train Watching From Above

- April 19th, 2012

I thought this was a nice design touch on the Somerset St. bridge.

There aren’t many benches in this stretch but the city decided to install some on each side of the bridge, right above the O-Train tracks. There isn’t a bus stop or any reason, really, to put benches there, other than to have somewhere for people to watch the train.

For many, watching trains roll by is just as fascinating as parking outside the airport fence and watching the planes land.

I’ve always found train travel particularly sublime — the thought of tracks cutting the landscape, away from congested roads, over and through all sorts of terrain.

The good news for observers on this perch is there will be trains passing by more frequently in a couple years.

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1 comment

  1. Charles says:

    You sure are lucky! I always enjoyed watching trains myself from back when the last steam engines rolled along, watching for that black smoke billowing up from a mile away. Good old days.
    Up the Valley the tracks are being torn up and hauled away. No more train whistles to disturb our slumber. I’d call this REMOVING infrastructure, not exactly what I thought the government had in mind to promote business.

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