Crosstown LRT progress – How to move an escalator underground

When the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit route opens, things will look like they’ve naturally suddenly found the proper home – from station bathrooms to the seats on every vehicle. But it takes some muscle to inch some things into their spots. Take the escalators, for example.

Construction crews toiling at the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) stop at Caledonia have been up to something.

New images from the project capture the tough task of workers as they recently pulled escalators to the upper concourse using chains. It was painstaking and precise and perfectly aligned.

It’s tough enough to move a heavy coach from one side of a room to another, let alone an entire escalator underground.

Ropes pull an escalator into place.
Inch at a time – An escalator is slowly hauled into place at Caledonia. (Metrolinx photo)

As well, hard work continues at the west end of the Crosstown line, with a new photo that shows crews installing snow melting tubing which will heat up the platforms from below in the winter.

Pipes run along a platform.
These tubes will heat the platform surface that will be poured above. A bit like the heated bathroom floor your cousin recently installed. (Metrolinx photo)

And at Laird, teams have completed a large concrete pour, bringing them one step closer to finishing the street level of the future station.

Image shows a large construction site.
Concrete is poured at Laird. (Metrolinx photo)

So everyone is, yes, rising to the challenge of getting the mammoth Toronto route up and running.