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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Ottawa > Bayview O-Train Station Area
Bayview O-Train Station Area
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created by abacab on 10/16/2006 12:53 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 8:31 AM
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Abandoned railway bridge, signals, cabins and platform for City Centre building.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Closed
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Ottawa, Ontario
Owner: City of Ottawa
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  •  Hazards
  • needles and condoms
  •  Interesting Features
    Probably the most vandalized railway property I have ever seen... plus a cool bridge to walk across!
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1871
    Closed: 2001
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    This area was once known as Ottawa West and boasted railway yards, a station and a roundhouse on the site of the arena on Bayview Drive. The first railway was the Canada Central which ran a branchline to Ottawa off the Brockville-Renfrew line in 1871. In 1872 the St. Lawrence and Ottawa built a branch from it's Ottawa-Prescott mainline at Walkley Road to Ottawa West. This is today's O-Train route.

    The Prince of Wales Brige was built in 1880 to connect the Quebec Montreal & Ottawa railway with the St. Lawrence & Ottawa Railway and the Canada Central Railway. All were merged into CP soon after. The original steel spans were replaced with larger stronger ones in 1927, although the piers are still original.

    In 1911 CP built a roundhouse west of what is now the City Centre building. It was demolished in 1967. At the same time the yards extending all the way to the war museum site were removed when CP moved to Walkley Yard.

    CP ran a long daily freight train across the bridge until 1997 when traffic ran from Montreal via the line through Lachute and Gatineau. This line became the Quebec Gatineau Railway soon after, and a short weekly train ran from Hull to Walkley Yard to interchange cars with the Ottawa Central.

    With the O-train starting to run in 2001 and terminating at the transitway, the interchange trains ceased and the bridge beecame disused. The far north end of the bridge sees the occasional switch job to the Domtar plant in Hull. With watermain construction on the Ottawa side in 2005, a 50 foot gap was made in the tracks and has yet to be replaced.
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    If the two provinces ever agree on anything, light rail may be extended to Gatineau.

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    Oct 2006. Abacab.
    Mon, Oct 16th, 2006
    posted by abacab
    19 pictures
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    City Centre platforms
    Sun, Nov 19th, 2006
    posted by abacab
    8 pictures
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    Historical Photos
    Sat, Dec 9th, 2006
    posted by abacab
    2 pictures
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    POW bridge
    Thu, Feb 8th, 2007
    posted by Tamara
    4 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 8:32 AM.

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  • on Dec 20 16 at 8:32, Emperor Wang validated this location
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  • on Mar 23 07 at 23:12, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 22 07 at 19:45, Tamara updated gallery picture POW Bridge looking up
  • on Mar 22 07 at 19:45, Tamara updated gallery picture Under the Bridge
  • on Mar 22 07 at 19:43, Tamara updated gallery picture POW bridge again
  • on Mar 22 07 at 19:43, Tamara updated gallery picture POW bridge
  • on Mar 22 07 at 19:39, Tamara added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Mar 22 07 at 19:36, Tamara updated gallery POW bridge
  • on Mar 22 07 at 19:36, Tamara created a new gallery
  •  Forum Threads about this Location
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Bridge closed for renovations.CampfireStalker0514/20/2022 1:18 PM by CampfireStalker
    You must log in for this feature to work.Ottawa to Build $250,000 Gates Blocking off BridgeGreennotMean03398/13/2016 12:18 PM by GreennotMean
    You must log in for this feature to work.Something might be happening, the 50 foot gap has been repairedOCInfiltrator412185/19/2010 7:07 AM by OcOffroader
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