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Discover the history of Union Station, January 29

On the last Saturday of every month since February, 2006, historian Derek Boles, working with volunteers from the Toronto Railway Historical Association guides visitors on tours of Union Station. The “Union Station Experience” tours are about 2 hours and 15 minutes long.

This month’s tour takes place on Saturday, January 29 at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 for each person attending the tour. You don’t need a reservation. Meet by the Traveler’s Aid counter in the centre of the Great Hall at 10:50 a.m.

Parts of the tour are off-limits to photography. Derek will advise you what they are.

The tours deal with the history and architecture of the building and the many famous and interesting personalities that have passed through it. Mostly, the tour groups explore how Union Station functions and serves trains and the passengers riding in them.

During the tour you’ll also see parts of the station that the general public doesn’t often see, including the glass corridors, the passageways overlooking the Great Hall, the railway executive offices and the battery-recharging station for the 1927-era baggage carts.

More 2,000 people have enjoyed the Union Station Experience since 2006.

Among many other activities, the Toronto Railway Historical Association is also developing the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre, a railway museum in Toronto.

The next tour takes place on Saturday, February 26.