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.
Aurora station opened on 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 train consist 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, as well as a steam locomotive bell placed first at Centennial Park in May 1963, which has since been relocated to Aurora station. There is also a plaque placed in a small parkette at the station by the Board of Trade and another placed by the Province of Ontario to remember the event.
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.
As of September 2017, weekday service consists of 8 trains southbound to Toronto Union Station in the morning, 7 trains northbound to Barrie in the afternoon and 1 train northbound to Bradford in the evening. At other times, GO bus route 65 operates every half hour to and from Union station.
On weekends and holidays most trains terminate at Aurora station, with service every 75 minutes to and from Union Station. Three daily trains in each direction cover the full route from Barrie to Toronto, while the remainder have bus connections at Aurora station for stations further north.
Connecting York Region Transit buses
- 31 Aurora North-Industrial Pkwy
- 32 Aurora South
- 33/33A Wellington
- 54 Bayview
- 222 Aurora-Newmarket GO Shuttle
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see other photos in the stream for plaques, details.
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- "The Directory of Designated Heritage Railway Stations in Ontario". Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Parks Canada. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Barrie Line 2017" (PDF). GO Transit. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
Media related to Aurora GO Station at Wikimedia Commons