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Glen Yards
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created by 6 Atomic 6 Garden 6 on 8/16/2004 9:06 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 6/20/2009 3:44 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Large 17 Hectares place with railroad switching yards And old train station. The yards contain a total of 76 tracks , almost all of them are abandonned.

 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information
1025 Decarie blvd.
Montreal, Quebec
Owner: Quebec Crown Corporation
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  •  Hazards
  • None
  •  Interesting Features
    Lots of abandonned Tracks and loading docks
    Old foundations in the Woody part
    Maintenance tools

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1888
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • long pants / sleeves
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    The coming of the railway in the late 1880s brought major changes to the area. Windsor Station was built downtown in 1889. Canadian Pacific had started in the years prior to acquire land for the tracks to the terminal and a portion of the Decarie farmland was expropriated in 1888. Both the Decaries and the neighbouring Prud'homme family fought in court to save their orchards. The tracks did go through and Westmount Station was relocated in 1907 to the foot of Victoria.

    Only a portion of farm land was used for the tracks at the time, but eventually progress won out, and the Decaries negotiated a larger sale that included their beautiful ancestral home. That sale provided the CPR with the land they needed to complete their rail yards and the house was demolished in 1912 to make way for the roundhouse. The yards contained a total of 76 tracks, a turntable and a variety of shops.

    During its peak years, the Glen Yards received and dispatched as many as 86 passenger trains a day. However, passenger-train travel has declined substantially in recent years, and the tracks now accommodate only commuter trains. No longer requiring the space, CP demolished all the shop buildings and abandoned much of the yards.

    Few traces remain of the area's early beginnings. Except for the streets named after the first settlers, all notion of its rural past has been lost. Yet, passing through the Vendome metro station, observant travelers might notice a plaque there in honour of the Decarie family.

     Media Coverage
    Mcgill Reporter
    The westmount Examiner
    The Gazette
     Future Plans
    Cp Rail sold the space to Qc Crown corporation for 1.2 Billion to use it to build the new Super-hospital, is it worth it ?

    Update: the CUSM, the university hospital of McGill will be built there.

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     Photo Galleries
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    Infiltration/ Alvin's View
    Tue, Aug 17th, 2004
    posted by 6 Atomic 6 Garden 6
    75 pictures
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    Infiltration/ Tap's View
    Tue, Aug 17th, 2004
    posted by 6 Atomic 6 Garden 6
    61 pictures
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    Images & Maps
    Wed, Aug 25th, 2004
    posted by Emperor Wang
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    Tap's Telecommunications building pictures
    Fri, Apr 8th, 2005
    posted by TaP
    10 pictures
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    Sat, May 14th, 2005
    posted by The Great Bear
    1 pictures
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    Work on Glen Yards in Progress
    Thu, May 26th, 2005
    posted by 6 Atomic 6 Garden 6
    3 pictures

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    Coolness 6 / 10
    Content Quality 6 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 6/20/2009 3:45 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 20 09 at 3:45, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 20 09 at 3:44, Emperor Wang changed the following: Notes for Mods, Status
  • on Apr 20 06 at 19:52, Agent Skelly validated this location
  • on Jul 4 05 at 21:54, ednothing deleted a gallery
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  • on May 26 05 at 18:34, 6 Atomic 6 Garden 6 updated a gallery picture
  • on May 26 05 at 18:33, 6 Atomic 6 Garden 6 updated a gallery picture
  • on May 26 05 at 18:33, 6 Atomic 6 Garden 6 updated a gallery picture
  • on May 26 05 at 18:31, 6 Atomic 6 Garden 6 created a new gallery
  • on May 14 05 at 23:03, The Great Bear updated basic gallery info
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