Crosstown elevated guideways go from frenzy of construction to important testing route

In the latest photos from the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project, we look at the complicated stretch of guideways along the western section, as well as take a visit to Fairbank and Keelesdale stations.

It’s complicated.

At least it looks that way to most of us, looking at how the elevated guideways of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) route are organized. Where once, the tracks and associated wires and switches and lights were a hectic workplace of construction and crews, they have now become a vital test track for testing of the light rail vehicles.

Image shows a spiderweb of wires above tracks.
Crosstown guideways, stretch out like large spider webs. (Metrolinx photo)

Checking out the system from the angle of a recent update photo, you get a sense of how many parts and connections are involved in getting the system moving for those vehicles, as well as Toronto.

That collection of wires, and the overhead catenary system, is what powers the vehicles.

We also have new progress images from Keelesdale Station, as well as from Fairbank station.

At Keelesdale the station’s main entrance is looking pretty complete.

Image shows the entrance to the station.
Keelesdale Station’s entrance waits for future customers, as crews continue finishing work below. (Metrolinx photo)

And at Fairbank Station, formwork for concourse walls at the northwest entrance has gone up.

Image shows a construction pit.
A look at the depth of work at Fairbank Station. (Metrolinx photo)