Lambton Roundhouse


From Wiki,

Lambton Yard was a small marshalling yard for the Canadian Pacific Railway in Toronto, located just west of the West Toronto Yard on the Galt Sub.

Built in 1912 to 1913, Lambton served as mechanical and freight facilities. It also had a roundhouse facility from 1913 to 1960. Demolished in the 1960, the roundhouse is now home to Walmart.

Like West Toronto, it was located in the residential area of St. Clair Avenue West and Keele Street. It was overtaken by the CPR Agincourt Marshalling Yard in the 1960s. It closed briefly from 1989 to 1994

Photos RL Kennedy

And here is the full page of photographs.

4 responses to “Lambton Roundhouse

  1. Interesting, I found that page some time ago. It’s close to my neighbourhood. I believe there was also a roundhouse close to this one, demolished in the mid 90s in the West Toronto yard. A Rona stands there now.

  2. Thanks for the info. I also really like the roundhouse by the CN tower, one of those rare preservation jobs. When the railroads decided roundhouses were obsolete they demolished ruthlessly. Of course they were often in locations that were generally out of the public eye and our notions of “heritage buildings” were not very well developed in the early 1960’s.

    Also the roundhouses must have been terrible places to work with high levels of smoke and noise so, despite enormous numbers of rail fans, there simply wasn’t much “save the roundhouse” campaigning done either.

    But it wasn’t just roundhouses. Tons and tons of great old architecture was demolished in that era as the country was completely sold on notions of progress. In those days the mind set was to see so much of it as old eyesores that were in the way of newer and better and bigger things.

    If anything has really changed it is the look of cities. The steam era, or coal in general, created levels of filth that would be totally unacceptable today. For all the pollution and general issues created by automobiles, the post industrial era sure looks much cleaner. But to what extent it really is “cleaner” is best saved for another post.

  3. Great photographs. Roundhouse history and architecture is so intriguing. I lived in Northeast Minneapolis for a while and there was a big controversy over the Shoreham Yards Roundhouse. It was built in 1887. I used to drive by it all the time. It’s currently abandoned. We’ll see what happens with it.

    There are a couple of photos on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission website. It says the Roundhouse at Shoreham Yards acted as the central hub for the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Railroad company (referred to as the Soo Line).

    Thanks for posting this. It reminds to head over to Northeast and drive by Shoreham Yards again to see how it’s doing.

  4. I have been trying for a while trying to find a way to find out if the cpr agentcourt marshalling yard allows for people to photograph the loco’s on the property (Such as doors open toronto) but have no way of contacting them.. Would you possibly know if this is at all possible or have a number which I could contact them to ask?


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