Look inside unusual Oakwood Station on Crosstown light rail transit line

The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit project continues to take shape – in some cases, very unusual shapes. Among the latest crop of recent progress photos on the Toronto light rail transit route is a telling picture inside Oakwood Station, as well as guiding an escalator at Avenue Station.

Welcome into the circle – or rather cylinder.

Among new images taken during construction of the Eglinton Crosstown’s light rail transit project, is an interesting one from inside Oakwood Station.

It has a different feel than some underground transit stations you may have visited.

Image shows escalators running down to track level.
Oakwood Station is looking very futuristic – with some obvious elements left to do. (Metrolinx photo)

The image shows that finishing touches are ongoing at Oakwood. But what jumps out is the unique cylindrical shape – a remnant of the mining excavation method used to dig out the cavern sideways under Eglinton Avenue.

Want to know more about the Crosstown light rail transit project? Here a good place to start.

Over at Avenue Station, an important lift happened recently, with crews threading the needle to carefully lower an escalator into the station’s main entrance.

An escalator is raised by a crane.
An escalator is moved gently overhead at Avenue Station. (Metrolinx photo)
Image shows the escalator dangling.
Before being lowered into the station. (Metrolinx photo)

And finally, electrical and communications systems are up and running between Caledonia and Chaplin Stations, with vehicle testing work to begin there later this year.

Crewmembers walk along a platform
At Chaplin Station, crews start to put in important finishing touches. (Metrolinx photo)