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You can explore an abandoned subway station in Toronto this weekend

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Ainsley Smith May 23, 2018 11:41 am 2,477

The 19th annual Doors Open Toronto returns this weekend.

This year’s theme is Film: The Great Romance, and will explore the city’s film and television industry.

And this Saturday, May 26, the TTC is opening the doors to the abandoned Bay Lower Station, which hasn’t been in use since 1966.

While the station hasn’t been open to the public in 52 years, it’s often disguised as an American subway station in numerous movies and TV shows filmed on site.

On Saturday, transit and film enthusiasts can explore the platforms and check out the posters and videos of the many productions filmed there, including Suicide Squad and The Handmaid’s Tale.

In addition to film and TV production, Bay Lower is often used for training, as well as for moving trains and workcars between Lines 1 and 2.

“When Line 2 opened in 1966, alternate trains used the “Wye” connection in Bay Lower that allowed customers to travel from Line 1 to Line 2 without changing trains. The TTC tested this system for six months but customers found it too confusing, and Bay Lower was closed to revenue service,” reads a release from the TTC.

Bay Lower visitors will also have the chance to see the Toronto Rocket Subway Train LEGO prototype designed and built by TTC subway operator Aaron Chapman.

Please note that Bay Station is not accessible, and the only access to Bay Lower is by stairs.

Doors Open Toronto: Bay Lower Station

When: Saturday, May 26
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Bay Subway Station
Price: Free

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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