The Lasalle Loop, Part 3

Continuing the trek with Avrom Shtern and Andrew Dawson.
Stumbled on a path to find a hangout, hobo jungle, kind of place amongst some trees. Follow the tracks, even in the city, and sooner or later you will find one.

At the top of the path we came out here. Probably used to be a factory of some kind serviced by rail. Lots of space for the kids to play, yet must get boring for them being in plain sight for so long, heh, some things you don’t forget.

Grass gets cut regularly and I wonder who is responsible for that?

Avrom Shtern writes about the Lasalle Loop,
“The Island wide Urban Plan talks about conserving railway ROWs like the Doney Spur, the former Montreal & Lachine near the former Dominion Bridge and the LaSalle Loop as future strategic transit corridors. But Montreal has not acted. Neither have Quebec or Canada passed true railbanking legislation which conserves railway corridors once they are abandoned. Governments are at best indifferent about the issue and have no regard for railbanking and forward looking policies… The railways want to sell their surplus real estate to the highest bidder as they know that the current process of offering ROWs to government will for the most part be rejected because of tight budgets and a lack of concern about railway infrastructure. Railways are no longer run by railway men and women but by accountants and lawyers who only think about the the next quarterly profits statement. The tracks of CPR’s Lasalle Loop, now called the Lasalle Spur were removed between the Lachine Canal and Newman Blvd. Some of the line near Angrignon Park was built upon and as per usual no regard for railbanking and forward looking policies… However, much of the natural passage remains. One can even see signs of a watercourse adjacent to the western side of Angrignon Park. Lasalle Borough has had an interest in the ROW, (someone mows the grass), but I am not sure of the exact ownership. Hydro has used the western part of the easement since the post 1998 Ice Storm upgrading of power lines in the area. The line comes in from the north from Rockcliffe Hydro Substation in Lachine which connects with the Highway 20 Hydro line and the line to Hampstead Substation which serves the greater West End…
A light rail train can be resurrected along the servitude with connections to Lasalle Commuter Train Station, Angrignon Metro Station and eventually along the South Bank rail line along the Lachine Canal to Cote Saint Paul and beyond. The former MUC, Green Coalition and Heritage Laurentien have made similar proposals.
At the end of our trek we witnessed the beautiful structure of CPR’s active St. Lawrence Bridge in the shimmering Lake St. Louis to the west and Lachine Rapids to the east.
How is it that a bridge built in the 19th Century is better built than adjacent road
bridges and is not used to its fullest?”

Possible former communications box.

More gardens. Have a hunch it is not supposed to look inviting.

There are many paths that connect neighborhoods along the Lasalle Loop. And we were also surprised to see these railway crossing signs still more or less intact.

Long straight stretch.

Some actual track coming up ahead.

After a few hours of walking on plain ground the track changes your pace.

Looking back.

It’s beginning to smell sort of like beer as we head in to the final stretch.

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of The Lasalle Loop!


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