A large escalator sits on two small rail cars, inside the LRT tunnel.

What’s up with that? The moment an entire escalator is moved through a Crosstown LRT tunnel (Photos)

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, a look at how the underground passages are not just for future light rail vehicles – they’re also routes to move building material right now.

The underground pathways dug for the Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project aren’t officially open for business yet, but that doesn’t mean the tunnels can’t serve as important transportation routes.

As we continue to focus on images of the progress of Toronto’s Crosstown, one moment caught our eye. It’s of a large escalator being moved by rail car through a tunnel to Keelesdale station recently. It’s a cool detail that the passages are already being used as underground pathways that can be more practical than navigating aboveground.

A large escalator sits on two small rail cars, inside the LRT tunnel.
An escalator moves through the LRT tunnel, rather than being lifted in by crane. (Metrolinx photo)

As well, there are updated pictures of the work being done at the former Kodak building – a 3,000-tonne heritage structure that, in 2016, was moved 60 metres from the corner of Eglington Ave. and Weston Road for the Crosstown build.

Finishing work is ongoing on the top floor, while the exterior is now fully refurnished.

Souble image shows an almost completed top floor, as well as a prestine outer shellof the building.
The Kodak building, built in 1939 and preserved for the Crosstown LRT route, is looking good. The outside has been refurbished, while the top floor is almost done. (Metrolinx photo)

And there’s a bonus picture of the work being done by Metrolinx’s building partner, Crosslinx Transit Solutions, of rebar and concrete now nearly reaching ground level at Caledonia station.

Image shows a large concrete pit, with material at the bottom.
The upward climb continues at Caledonia, with rebar and concrete now nearly reaching ground level (Metrolinx photo)

So yes, things are moving upward – even through the tunnels themselves.