St. Catharines railway station

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St. Catharines
St Catharines VIA Rail Station 4.jpg
Location5 Great Western Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°08′52″N 79°15′23″W / 43.14778°N 79.25639°W / 43.14778; -79.25639Coordinates: 43°08′52″N 79°15′23″W / 43.14778°N 79.25639°W / 43.14778; -79.25639
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesCovered bicycle rack
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeVia Rail: SCAT
Amtrak code:SCA
GO Transit: CAGO
Fare zone83 (GO Transit)
History
Opened1917
Rebuilt1988, 1994
Services
Preceding station   VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail   Following station
toward Toronto
Toronto–
New York

(Maple Leaf)
Amtrak
GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit
Lakeshore West
Niagara branch
Terminus
Official nameVIA Rail Station
Designated1994
Reference no.4625

St. Catharines station is a railway station in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It is served by the Maple Leaf train between Toronto and New York City and by GO Transit's Lakeshore West line between Toronto and Niagara Falls. The station is a designated Heritage Railway Station.[1]

History[edit]

St Catharines Via Rail station

The single level pavilion-style station was built and opened in 1917 by the Grand Trunk Railway and acquired by CN Rail in 1923 who used it for passenger service. Via Rail gained ownership in 1986[2] It is the third station to be built on the site, first in 1853 by Great Western Railway and then 1898 by Grand Trunk.[2] It was renovated in 1988 and 1994, but neither changed the appearance of the structure.

The station was formerly staffed by Via Rail, but the ticket agent was replaced by an automated kiosk in October 2012.[3] A similar station was also built in Berlin, New Hampshire around the same time in 1917.

Service[edit]

The Maple Leaf is a joint AmtrakVia Rail service: ticketing is shared, and trains consist of Amtrak equipment but are operated on the Toronto–Niagara Falls portion of the route by Via crews. The station was formerly served by additional Via trains operating as part of Corridor services, but these were discontinued in 2012. The station is wheelchair-accessible (since 1988), and offers free parking.

The Lakeshore West line is a commuter rail service in Southern Ontario. St. Catharines is served by one Toronto-bound trip in the morning and one return trip in the afternoon each weekday. Additional trains reach the station on summer weekends and holidays.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Directory of Designated Heritage Railway Stations in Ontario". Directory of Designated Heritage Railway Stations in Ontario. Parks Canada. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Anne M. de Fort-Menares. "St. Catharines, Ontario". Railway Station Report. Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  3. ^ St. Catharines Standard:Last commuter train to St. Catharines

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