On track – Rail installation continues to line up on Toronto’s Crosstown LRT project (Photos of the day)

As we’ve taken readers from end to end at every stop and station along Toronto’s Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) system, we’re constantly adding updates on the progress being made. Today, we’re showing how the important work of putting down track continues to shape the look, and future, of the new transit route.

It’s easy to get lost in the depths and detailed design of Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project.

But other than the light rail vehicles to come, there are no better symbols of movement – and progress – than the rails themselves.

Tracks are shown in a complicated crossover of rails.

Between Pharmacy and Hakimi, special track-work for a crossover is going in – one of seven crossovers between Laird and Kennedy. (Photo by Crosslinx Transit Solutions)

In this photo update of the constant work being done by Metrolinx construction partners, Crosslinx Transit Solutions, we have good images of track-work. As winter and colder temperatures quickly move into the Toronto area, advances on the track bed and lines of rail are reminders that crews continue this important work – above and below ground – in all weather.

Crews work in a deep hole that will become a track bed.

Did you know that surface rail installation still requires excavation to depths of nearly six feet? A series of electrical and communications cables will run in conduits under the Crosstown’s track bed. (Photo by Crosslinx Transit Solutions)

In short, those experts are keeping the LRT project on track.

A line of track pads is shown.

Track pads down on platform level at Keelesdale Station, onto which rail will be installed.

A series of track pads are shown.

A close-up of track pads. (Photo by Crosslinx Transit Solutions)

And for this week’s bonus shot, work on an overhead catenary system (OCS) that will power the light rail vehicles is nearly complete from east of Mount Dennis Station to the Black Creek Portal.

The picture shows power towers lining the rail-lines.

The overhead catenary system that will power the light rail vehicles. (Photo by Crosslinx Transit Solutions)