Remembering January, 1978 – The day smoking stopped on GO vehicles

As we’ve been digging into old boxes and archives for forgotten pictures of Metrolinx’s transit past – all part of a continuing series we’ve dubbed HistoricGO – some 43-year-old pamphlets and a couple grainy photos caught our eye. Take a deep breath, as we journey back to a time when smoking rules were a lot … Continue reading Remembering January, 1978 – The day smoking stopped on GO vehicles

How Milton line was born to become a big deal for GO Transit customers – Do you still own one of these buttons?

As we’ve been digging into old boxes and archives for forgotten pictures of Metrolinx’s transit past – all part of a continuing series we’ve dubbed HistoricGO – one small button, souvenir ticket, grainy photo and a few advertising clippings caught our eye. It all revolved around the first official GO train on the Milton line. … Continue reading How Milton line was born to become a big deal for GO Transit customers – Do you still own one of these buttons?

What the Dickens? Remembering the Charles Dickens’ turkey lost on holiday rail trip

Rail companies have a long history when it comes to service during the holidays, including passengers on GO and UP Express getting to family and friends. But on this day, let’s recall a moment 150 years ago, when train travel had an impact on the last Christmas dinner planned for the holidays’ most celebrated writer. … Continue reading What the Dickens? Remembering the Charles Dickens’ turkey lost on holiday rail trip

That’s the ticket – Old GO Transit images from ’80s show the steady flow of customers arriving at Oakville and Pickering stations

As we’ve been digging into old boxes, and the back of desk drawers, for forgotten pictures of Metrolinx’s transit past – all part of a continuing series we’ve dubbed HistoricGO – one stack of black and white prints caught our eye. It was the interaction between GO Transit staff working at two stations, and customers … Continue reading That’s the ticket – Old GO Transit images from ’80s show the steady flow of customers arriving at Oakville and Pickering stations

A 200 year old tree stood in the way of a new Lincolnville GO station bus loop – This is why it will live on

The old-growth warrior has survived development and disease. But just when the end seemed certain, a community came together to see it live on. This tree is a survivor. It started as a seedling in Upper Canada, and for 200 years an elm tree has proudly stood in what is now Whitchurch-Stouffville, part of York … Continue reading A 200 year old tree stood in the way of a new Lincolnville GO station bus loop – This is why it will live on

Was this your class trip to see the Rouge Hill sod-turning for GO Transit in 1966? Sorry if it may have seemed lame, as it really turned out to be a big deal for Ontario

Even before GO Transit began to run buses and trains, work was underway to design a transit future that would grow into the 21st century. In our continuing HistoricGO series looking at vintage photos salvaged from storage boxes in our Metrolinx facilities, we’re giving the backstory to a number of black and white images of … Continue reading Was this your class trip to see the Rouge Hill sod-turning for GO Transit in 1966? Sorry if it may have seemed lame, as it really turned out to be a big deal for Ontario

Hamilton’s John Street Bridge gets major rebuild – See the time-lapse video here

Every stretch and span on GO train corridors has a history and story to tell, as major advances and improvements are made on the Ontario transit lines. And one iconic Hamilton bridge, after years of loyal service, is getting a whole new lease on life. To many rail passengers, it’s a bridge span that’s barely … Continue reading Hamilton’s John Street Bridge gets major rebuild – See the time-lapse video here

The day Richmond Hill line was born – Rare photos of the first customers gathered for inaugural run

As Metrolinx News continues HistoricGO - a regular series devoted to digging into our files in search of interesting images and nicknacks from the pasts of Metrolinx, GO Transit, PRESTO, and UP Express – we’ve pulled out images of when one of our major routes was so very new. Every day, the Richmond Hill line … Continue reading The day Richmond Hill line was born – Rare photos of the first customers gathered for inaugural run

Do you know the woman on the train? Diving into more than 50 years of GO history, we’re hunting down important info about Ontario transit photos

As Metrolinx News starts HistoricGO - a weekly series devoted to digging into our files in search of interesting images and nicknacks from the pasts of Metrolinx, GO Transit, PRESTO, and UP Express - we’ll begin with a few pictures. And we'll need your help in filling in their colour and details. So is that … Continue reading Do you know the woman on the train? Diving into more than 50 years of GO history, we’re hunting down important info about Ontario transit photos