Aurora GO Station
|Location||121 Wellington Street East
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Connections||York Region Transit|
|Structure type||Heritage wood frame station building|
|Station code||GO Transit: AUGO|
Aurora GO Station is a railway station and bus station in the GO Transit network located on Wellington Street East between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. It is a stop on the Barrie line train service, and connects with York Region Transit local bus routes, and the GO Express Bus between Newmarket Bus Terminal and Union Station Bus Terminal.
Rail presence in Aurora dates to 16 May 1853, when steam train service began between Toronto and Machell's Corners, as Aurora was then known, on the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron railway. The first train was led by the Toronto, the first locomotive built in Canada, completed at the James Good foundry Toronto Locomotive Works on 16 April 1853. The trainset included two boxcars carrying freight, one passenger coach car, and one mixed passenger and baggage car. This first voyage is commemorated by a plaque installed in 1953 at Union Station in Toronto.
The train's arrival at the Wellington Street train station was greeted with cheers from nearly all residents of the community, who had assembled at the station, and the event was celebrated with a fireworks display. Connection to the railway led to prosperity for Aurora, with the development of two hotels, a wagon maker, a brewery, and other businesses. In 1855 the line was completed to Collingwood.
In 1900, Grand Trunk Railway constructed the present building to a standard plan design with a porte-cochère and low profile. The building was designated a provincial heritage building in 1971 and a federal heritage railway station in 1990.
The station building was renovated after GO Transit became the exclusive passenger carrier in 1992.
There is also an hourly bus service to Toronto, with 19 southbound bus trips, and 19 return bus trips from Toronto.
Weekend and holiday service is provided all day in both directions during summer months. During summer 2014, the service consists of four trains in each direction between Allandale Waterfront Station and Union Station.
Connecting York Region Transit buses
- 31 Aurora North-Industrial Pkwy
- 32 Aurora South
- 33/33A Wellington
- 54 Bayview
- 222 Aurora-Newmarket GO Shuttle
- Bradford, Robert (2015). Keeping Ontario Moving: The History of Roads and Road Building in Ontario. Dundurn Press. p. 26. ISBN 9781459724112.
- "The Toronto No. 2". North America Railway Hall of Fame. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- Carter, Robert Terence (2011). Stories of Newmarket: An Old Ontario Town. Dundurn Press. ISBN 9781554888818.
- Boles, Derek (2009). Toronto's Railway Heritage. Images of Rail. Arcadia Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 9780738565705. LCCN 2009925477.
- "Canadian National Railway Station". Parks Canada. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "The Directory of Designated Heritage Railway Stations in Ontario". Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Parks Canada. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Barrie Line Seasonal Schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
Media related to Aurora GO Station at Wikimedia Commons
- GO Transit station page for Aurora GO Station
- Town of Aurora Grand Trunk Railway Station
- First Steam Train in Canada West 1853
- CNR Aurora
- Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada Railway Station Report RSR-13, CNR, Aurora, Ontario
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