See Crosstown LRT video of Eglinton Station tracks going in and caissons being taken out

If there’s one element along the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project that has become a marvel of urban engineering, it’s efforts around Eglinton Station. In this post, we have photos and a video from behind the scenes of that work. It includes work on the caissons – the support columns used to hold up the working TTC tunnel, just above.

Usually, we’re all over the Toronto map when we publish updates on the Eglinton Crosstown’s light rail transit (LRT) project – moving from one spot to another.

But this time, we want to focus in on one key section, and a new video clip and images that show progress that’s far away from the public eye.

The Eglinton Crosstown has installed 98 per cent of all rail on the project. Between Eglinton and Avenue Stations, work is now well underway to install the final pieces.

Looking for some more background on the Crosstown project? Just go here.

Within Eglinton Station, caissons – strong retaining structures – that were used to support TTC tunnel underpinning previously stood directly over the track bed. With the pouring of the upper concourse, these caissons were no longer needed and many have been removed, making room for track installation at the platform level. 

Here’s video of that hard work, far down below.

In these two pictures, you can see caissons that previously supported the TTC subway tunnels have now been cut, clearing the track bed for rail installation.

Image shows workers working on walls.
Workers toil away on the caissons. (Metrolinx photo)
Image shows a concrete ceiling.
A look at where those caissons have been removed. (Metrolinx photo)

Not that all the caissons have been stripped out. In the photo below, you can see additional caissons still stand on the platform. These will be removed at a later date.

Image shows the posts that remain.
Still standing – Some caissons still remain as work takes place around. (Metrolinx photo)

Stay tuned as we keep tabs on track installation progress in the coming weeks.