This site is dedicated to railscanning in the Toronto area. Scanning
the railroad frequencies is an interesting and useful hobby. It can
be used by photographers to set up shots and prepare for oncoming
trains, railfans use it to get a 'feel' for traffic
patterns on the line and obtain train numbers - its a whole other aspect to
an already fascinating
hobby! Owing to the large concentration of rail lines in the
Toronto area, your radio won't be quiet for long!
Some people have been asking me "Why just Toronto? Why not broaden
your scope?" Well, I live in the Toronto area, so Toronto-area
railroads is what I know. I've never ventured anywhere else, so I know
nothing about anywhere else. There are many other resources for people
looking for information outside of Toronto. Grab a copy of The Canadian
Trackside Guide - its an excellent resource and covers all of
Canada. Or check out some of the sites on my Links Page (menu
bar to the left).
This site covers track in the cities of Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga,
Milton, Caledon, Orangeville, Oakville, Halton Hills/Georgetown,
Burlington, Hamilton, Oshawa, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and any smaller
communities in between and in the vicinity, including Canadian National,
Canadian Pacific (St. Lawrence & Hudson Railway), Goderich
& Exeter Railway and the Kawartha Lakes Railway.
The Toronto area is one of the busiest rail centers in Canada, if
not North America. The Greater Toronto Area hosts the 1st (CN Oakville subdivision),
2nd (CP Galt subdivision), and 4th (CN Halton subdivision)
busiest rail lines in Canada. Toronto is part of the
Canadian National Railways Great Lakes operating district, as well as
St. Lawrence and Hudson Railway region.
As you can imagine, Toronto's home to a lot of busy track. So of course, i
cannot stress this enough: be careful. I know that you've all heard
this since grade school ("These are the Mean Machines" -
remember that?), but, as always, there are idiots who insist on trespassing
on the tracks, climbing signal towers, dicking around with the equipment,
etc. Just remember that railfans don't have any sort of divine right to
be trackside - the rail authorities have every right to ask you
to move along. As of now, both the CN and CP railway police have a very
positive view of railfans. They don't mind us being trackside, as they
appreciate the fact that railfans report vandalism, criminal activities,
unsafe conditions, etc.
But remember, all it takes is one idiot to get a little cocky and ruin it
for the rest of us. So if unless you want barbed wire to go up along every
right of way in Canada, remember to play it safe, and respect the fact
that railway property is private property. Those trains might look
pretty, but they pack a wallop at 75 MPh.
If you are new to railscanning, try the beginner's page. If you want
to jump right to the frequencies, click on the Frequencies link. If
you have any questions or comments, click on the How to Contact tag
on the left menu. I am by no means an expert on the topic, and I accept all
submissions, criticism, comments, praise, etc.
Thanks for visiting!