Parry Sound railway station

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Parry Sound CNR Station
Via Rail (inter-city rail)
Location 70 Church Street
Parry Sound, ON
P2A 2A6
Coordinates 45°21′02″N 80°02′14″W / 45.35056°N 80.03722°W / 45.35056; -80.03722
Owned by Via Rail
Line(s) Canadian
Platforms 1
Tracks 1
Platform levels 1
Parking no
Bicycle facilities no
Previous names Canadian National Railway
Preceding station   VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail   Following station
toward Vancouver
toward Toronto

The community of Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada has two railway stations, both of which are currently in use by Via Rail.

CNR Station[edit]

Coordinates : 45°21′02″N 80°02′14″W / 45.35056°N 80.03722°W / 45.35056; -80.03722

The Canadian National Railway station is located at 70 Church Street. It has been used as the primary stop for Via Rail's Canadian transcontinental passenger train service since the massive Via budget cuts on January 15, 1990.

The historical Station is home to the Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce, the MTO, the Park to Park trail association and the snowmobile district offices.

CPR Station[edit]

Coordinates : 45°20′45″N 80°02′16″W / 45.34583°N 80.03778°W / 45.34583; -80.03778

The Canadian Pacific Railway station is located at 1 Avenue Road. It was used as a stop for Via Rail's Canadian from 1978 until January 15, 1990, after which it sat vacant for a decade until being reactivated as a private art gallery named the "Parry Sound Station Gallery" in 2001.

Beginning in December 2005, CN and CP implemented a plan to reduce train congestion on their parallel lines in central Ontario through the Parry Sound area. Consequently, westbound trains from both railways use the CP tracks while eastbound trains use the CN tracks.

This has resulted in Via Rail starting to use the former CPR station for passengers taking the westbound Canadian. The art gallery announced in fall 2007 that it would be closing due to financial problems.

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