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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Ottawa > Via Train Station Boiler Plant
Via Train Station Boiler Plant
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created by Mutt on 3/18/2004 3:05 AM
last modified by abacab on 5/19/2010 1:17 AM
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This building was the main boiler plant for the train station, so there is probably steam tunnels somewhere as well as the passenger tunnel. Two stories of boilers, pipes and pumps wait those intersted machinery all in glorious technicolor. The pipes to each boiler are different colours for easier tracing.

 Basic Information
Type: Building and tunnel
Status: Closed
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: Don't bother, even some track workers get chewed out for tripping the alarms.
 Physical Information
Terminal Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Owner: VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • water
  • Hairy track workers
  •  Interesting Features
    There is a long pedestrian tunnel that runs from the back of the building to the passenger concourse at the train station. This could have been used for high profile pasengers to aviod the paparazzi in the terminal, or just as access for people working in the freight terminals on this side of the track, you deside. It is paralleled with a steam tunnel heading over to the train station.

     Security Measures
  • Motion Detectors
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1966
    Closed: 1992
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  •  Recommended Equipment
    footwear capable of wading 3 inches of water if going through the tunnel.
    This building and the one to the east (with the microwave tower) were built by the NCC as part of the Ottawa Station complex. The plant supplied steam to the station platforms for the purpose of heating trains parked in the station. Around 1992 VIA retired the last of the steam heated cars, built in the 40's and 50's when steam engines originally hauled them. Diesel locomotives were equipped with steam generators to provide heat, while the platforms provided steam when the trains were parked. With steam heat obsolete, the plant was shut down.

    In 1966 prior to the opening of the station, a summer student working in the tunnels was scalded to death by a ruptured steam pipe.
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     Future Plans
    The building is to be demolished and replaced with an office tower, while the tunnel is to be refurbished as a pedestrian link to the station. It is unclear if this will be a public tunnel, and it is also unclear how it will be used as it leads directly into the passenger tunnel under the station platforms, which is normally off limits to those not getting on or off the train.

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    First photo trip
    Thu, Mar 18th, 2004
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     Web Links
    They have not updated their website since before the site pla was refused by the City. Does have some nice pictures of the proposals.

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 5/20/2010 3:51 AM.

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  • on May 20 10 at 3:51, Steed validated this location
  • on May 19 10 at 1:17, abacab changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Oct 31 09 at 19:16, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Oct 31 09 at 14:06, abacab changed the following: Owner, History, Year Built, Year Closed, Accessibility, Recommendation, Security Measures
  • on Aug 11 05 at 3:27, Mutt changed the following: Type, Prefer Satellite, Web Links
  • on Aug 11 05 at 3:17, Mutt made this location public
  • on Aug 11 05 at 3:17, Mutt changed the following: Notes for Mods, Interesting Features, Future Plans
  • on May 10 04 at 3:30, Mutt updated basic gallery info
  • on May 10 04 at 3:22, Mutt updated a gallery picture
  • on May 10 04 at 3:16, Mutt updated a gallery picture
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