Smiths Falls railway station

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Smiths Falls
Smiths Falls VIA station 26262991883.jpg
Location 46 Union Street, Smiths Falls, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 44°54′45″N 76°01′26″W / 44.91250°N 76.02389°W / 44.91250; -76.02389Coordinates: 44°54′45″N 76°01′26″W / 44.91250°N 76.02389°W / 44.91250; -76.02389
Owned by Via Rail
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Construction
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened c. 2010
Services
Preceding station   VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail   Following station
toward Toronto
Toronto–Ottawa
toward Ottawa

Smiths Falls railway station in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada is served by Via Rail trains running between Toronto and Ottawa. It is unstaffed, with free outdoor parking, telephones, washrooms, and wheelchair access to the platform.[1]

Stations[edit]

CPR station[edit]

The original passenger station building was built by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1887. In 1999 the Smiths Falls Community Theatre began renovations on the station, installing the 140 seat Station Theatre into the old restaurant area. A small waiting area in the building was used by Via Rail until the new Via Rail station opened.[2]

CNoR station[edit]

As Smiths Falls is a junction between multiple rail lines, it once had multiple active passenger stations. A 1912 Canadian Northern Ontario Railway station on a now-abandoned line (Canadian National embargoed their Smiths Falls Subdivision between Smiths Falls and Strathcona in 1979) is now a National Historic Site which houses the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario.[3]

New station[edit]

On March 8, 2010, Via Rail announced plans to build and relocate to a new station located just north of downtown. The new station would have a distinctive tower. The new station would reduce scheduling conflicts between passenger and freight trains as the old station is located in the middle of a junction between four busy Canadian Pacific Railway lines and Via Rail Smiths Falls Subdivision that connected with Ottawa.[4] The new station consists of 400 square feet (37 m2) and was constructed with a budget of $750,000.[5]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Smiths Falls Railway Station at Wikimedia Commons