Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Toronto

Posted in Canada, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 22 November 2011

Enjoying as I am detailing my adventures following West Ham around the country this season, it occured to me that none could ever match watching the team play in the great city of Toronto back in 2008, when we were invited to be the latest opponents in the annual MLS All-Star shindig. Obviously, I didn’t travel all the way from London to Toronto by train, because that would just be silly. Nevertheless, rail travel was involved, and, given the kind of chap I am, I figured it would be fun to show you on the road there too.

Date: 24 July 2008
Stadium: BMO Field
Capacity: 21,148
Attendance: 20,844
Score: MLS All-Stars 3-2 West Ham United
Nearest station: Exhibition or Exhibition Loop
Local Rozzers: Toronto Police Service
Total Travel Cost: Aside from the return flights to Toronto?? n/a (TTC Weekly Pass)

Rail Journeys:
Yonge-University-Spadina lineKing to Union (H6 Series)
509 Harborfront – Union to Exhibition Loop (CLRV)
509 Harborfront – Exhibition Loop to Union (CLRV)
Yonge-University-Spadina line – Union to King (H6 Series)

Station to Stadium: BMO Field forms part of the Exhibition Place complex, and is located a very short walk from both Exhibition railway station, which is served by GO Transit trains, and Exhibition Loop where the 509 and 511 streetcar routes terminate. It is a pleasant five minute walk from exiting either of the transport stations to the stadium, providing you don’t mind the smell of horses, as the Toronto Police Service’s mounted headquarters is adjacent to the railway and streetcar lines.

Anything else?: There’s little point trying to get to Exhibition by train as, much as is the case with many North American cities, Toronto’s commuter rail service pretty much shuts down after rush hour. Your best bet is the streetcar either from Union Station in downtown Toronto, or Bathurst station in midtown.

Exhibition Loop



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