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Monday, May 25, 2015

It's another shoo-fly!

Construction continues in Whitby / La construction continue à Whitby
A few weeks back, I went to the Hopkins Street overpass to see whether there had been any progress on the new South Blair Street underpass and the adjacent GO maintenance facility. There wasn't much to see, but I did spend several harrowing hours with thousands of flies.

Hoping that the flies had disappeared, I returned yesterday only to be accosted by another kind of fly - a shoo-fly.

Shoo-fly tracks are when railways build a temporary track diversion around construction, subsidence or any other obstacle. The GO Sub has featured a shoo-fly since last year to allow for the construction of the underpass and recently the north track of the CN Kingston Sub has followed suit. Here, you can see CN 8941 slowly leading a freight through the freshly-ballasted track. Operationally, this is going to be complicated because the north track now has a temporary speed restriction of 30mph for about half a mile through the construction. I expect the RTC will be routing as much traffic as they can over the south track.

Meanwhile, a new chain link fence has been built surrounding the site of the future GO maintenance facility (in the right of the image) and hefty gates have been installed on the access roads. It seems to me that the site has been levelled again, but otherwise there are few signs of construction continuing.

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