Monday, September 13, 2010

CPR Station/ My World

Parry Sound Station Gallery, Parry Sound, Ontario

Many of the old train stations have been moved or torn down, but this one built in 1907  has survived the decades but not as as it was originally intended as a Canadian Pacific Railway station.

In a former transformation it was a  VIA Rail station for passengers traveling across all or part of Canada between 1978 and 1990. 

Photo hanging inside the gallery

Then it lay dormant for 10 years before being reinvented as the Parry Sound Station Gallery.

Railway station now an art gallery

Since 2005 the tracks that pass by this gallery are used by all trains (Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway and VIA Rail) heading west.  And they travel over the viaduct I posted last week seen HERE.

FYI: Those heading easterly use the Canadian National tracks on the other side of town.



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43 comments:

Xavi said...

Very beautiful train station!
Have a soft Monday!!.

arabesque said...

there's something quintessential when it comes to train. ^0^

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

A wonderful looking building. It is good that it has survived.

michael said...

Looking at your photo I suddenly realized that very often old train stations are some of the most interesting architectural finds.

Paulie said...

Love it when I see a rescue story! Neat place!

Dishesdone said...

Great looking Train Station, has such character!

Francisca said...

Happy they found good use for the building. It looks charming.I don't often like pink on a house, but here it seems to work.

imaginationlane said...

I so enjoyed this post! We have an old railway station nearby in White Rock, BC that's now an art gallery..your shots remind me of it. Photographing old building is always fun, isn't it?

ladyfi said...

What a lovely building.

Carol said...

Great photos! What a beautiful building, So nice that its been renovated and is in use as a gallery. I love old train stations. I have just returned from vacation, and am trying to catch up on my visits...

noel said...

aloha,

these are so beautiful scenes, what a great way to preserve a building into a gallery, would love to see the inside too :)


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Sylvia K said...

I love trains and old train stations and your photos and history are marvelous! What a terrific post for the day! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Joe Todd said...

Love old train stations.

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Joe Todd, I love old train stations, too. And I love trains, as well. Interesting about the east- and westbound Via trains. Thanks.

Kay
Alberta, Canada

Robin said...

It's a great building. I love the idea of repurposing an old station as an art gallery.

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BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Lovely windows. It's a shame when the old buildings are torn down or turned into something else. This happens with many of our old Post Office buildings.

Nessa said...

They did a great job renovating the building. Looks beautiful.

Ebie said...

I am for the preservation of old buildings. Great survival story.

Carver said...

Great shots of the charming train station and interesting post. When I saw CPR in the title my first thought was it was a rescue station for people that had heart attacks.

ewok1993 said...

glad they found some use for this building and did not tear it down.

have a wonderful week.

Random Treasures said...

Beautiful train station. Great photos, thank you for sharing the history

Lorna said...

how I miss the complete train system.

Al said...

That's a beautiful old building. I'd love to take a ride on a steam train like the one in that photo.

VioletSky said...

my biggest regret is not taking the train across Canada.

George said...

It's good to see that this train station has survived. The old station in our town has also survived and is now the visitor's center. Unfortunately there are no longer any trains going through our town.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Wht a wonderful old building and great it's not been left in disuse.

Lesley said...

What a great idea, turning this neat old building into a gallery.

Kaori said...

I love that they kept the lovely building and made it useful! Would love to take a look inside :D

SandyCarlson said...

Nifty place. Very lovely.

nprimopiano said...

What a nice building, particularly considering its age. They did a good job renovating it.

Indrani said...

A train station... so beautiful.

Arija said...

So glad the station has been preserved as a museum. I am all for the preservation of historical buildings as a reminder whence we have come and the changing times.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.
I love trains and old train stations and your photos and history are marvelous!

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Marie said...

What a lovely station.

Julie said...

This so puts me in mind of a 2007 film with Patricia Clarkson called 'The Station Agent'. Delightful story about outsiders. Clarkson is a powerful actor. You owe it to yourself to see this film.

Reader Wil said...

Those train stations were always built with so much care and the result was really lovely. It's great that this one is transformed into a gallery.
Thanks for sharing, have a nice week! :)

RuneE said...

It is nice to see that such fine buildings are kept and that new uses are found for them.

Dianne said...

Your photos are wonderful! I'll be back to see more... Thanks for visiting my blog.

Small City Scenes said...

I am so glad this station survived. So many don't as you mentioned. I find that most surviving stations are very interesting buildings. MB

NatureFootstep said...

a trainstation. Well, I would have guessed. That´s one cool building with that chimney. :)

glad u liked my world, :)

Luna Miranda said...

preservation of old buildings is a good move. lovely building.

Rose said...

I love train stations...always wished I owned one. This looks to be a beauty!

Glennis said...

It is great to save these old Stations with history to them. Our town has an old station that was moved to a better site and modernized a little so it is able to cope with technology, and it looks so impressive, just like you old station does.

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