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(Photos of the day) Crosstown rail safety device installed

Take a look at some of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT progress currently being made.

Aug 6, 2019

There are a number of things that often jump out in images of ongoing progress on the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project – the large scale, depths of digging, people-power and how the Toronto communities involved are forever being changed by the future transit line.

But today we wanted to focus on two other things – the beauty as well as the technical prowess that’s going into making the line safe for passengers.

the inside of a tunnel.

Cool running – A section of tunnel, connecting the Black Creek portal to Keelesdale Station.

In this first image, the construction of this section of tunnel, connecting the Black Creek portal to Keelesdale Station,  looks like a piece of art you’d hang on the wall. Look to the hint of blue at the far end. On the very practical side, all rail installation is now complete in this section.

A section of rail is shown, with a sign that reads 'derail'.

This section of track would be used if a light rail vehicle should ever experience a mechanical issue, and need to be safely derailed. There are countless safety measures built into the line.

This second photo captures an important piece of safety equipment. In the unlikely event any light rail vehicle’s brakes fail, a special device on the connecting track between the Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility (EMSF) and Mount Dennis will guide the train to safely derail off to the side, preventing injuries. It’s a bit like the emergency truck lanes designed on steep-grade highways, that give drivers having brake difficulties a place to safely pull off, to be quickly stopped.

The two photos are good examples that Crosstown is urban art – but with a lot of substance along the line.