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This abandoned subway station will be open for exploring this weekend

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DH Toronto Staff May 23, 2019 9:15 am 68

The 20th annual Doors Open Toronto returns to the city this weekend.

This year’s theme will be “20 Something,” and will celebrate the first 20 years of Doors Open, while simultaneously looking ahead to the next two decades.

And this Saturday, May 25, the TTC is opening the doors to the abandoned Bay Lower Station, which hasn’t been in use since 1966.

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While the station hasn’t been open to the public in 53 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.

 

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For this year’s Doors Open Toronto event, guests can enjoy the TTC’s People Moving People photography exhibit upstairs at Bay Station, which is a part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, before making their way down to Bay Lower.

Bay Lower visitors will also have the chance to see the Toronto Subway Train LEGO prototype, go inside a subway train cab, watch vintage video clips, and meet the TTC’s Honour Guard.

Take note that Bay Lower Station is not accessible to those who require an elevator; the only access is by stairs.

Doors Open Toronto: Bay Lower Station

When: Saturday, May 25
Time: 10 am to 5 pm, last admittance at 4:30 pm
Where: Bay Subway Station
Price: Free

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