PHOTOS: Historic GO Transit images from 1971

Published December 28, 2021 at 5:09 pm

Just a few days before we head into 2022, GO Transit wants to take us back to 1971 with this interesting collection of old photographs.

A lot has changed in half a century, and transit is no exception. You might be surprised to see just how different today’s buses, trains, and transit stations look from those in the 70s!


Take a peek into the GO Transit of 50 years ago:

Image shows a bus pulling to a stop.
A GO bus pulls up to a stop in Pickering, Ont. (Metrolinx photo)
Image shows a stop.
A stop in Oshawa waits for customers and the next GO bus to arrive. (Metrolinx photo)
Image shows a parking lot.
The Oshawa GO Bus Terminal in 1971. (Metrolinx photo)
A customer walks up steps to an awaiting GO train.
A customer walks up steps to an awaiting GO train. (Metrolinx photo)
A customer buys a ticket.
A customer walks by a GO Transit employee, as a mother and child buy a ticket, in this image that seems to have been taken inside Union Station. (Metrolinx photo)
A GO bus pulls up to Newmarket Station.
A GO bus pulls up to Newmarket Station – now part of the Barrie GO Line – at the time this was taken, it was known as the Bradford Line. (Metrolinx photo)
The Whitby GO bus terminal at Highway 401.
The Whitby GO bus terminal at Highway 401. (Metrolinx photo)
A GO train moves down a line.
An original model GO train moves down the tracks, double-decker train cars – known as bi-levels – weren’t introduced until the late 1970’s. (Metrolinx photo)
GO trains line up in Willowbrook, as they undergo service at the rail maintenance station.
GO trains line up at GO Transit’s Willowbrook yard in Etobicoke, as they undergo service at the rail maintenance station. (Metrolinx photo)
A GO train is seen moving along a section of rail.
A single level GO train is seen pulling into a station. (Metrolinx photo)
A customer buys a GO Transit ticket from an agent in this shot from 1971.
A customer buys a GO Transit ticket from an agent in this shot from 1971. (Metrolinx photo)
Cars line a GO station parking lot.
Cars line a GO station parking lot. (Metrolinx photo)
A GO Transit parking lot, as seen from the rail platform.
A GO Transit parking lot, as seen from the rail platform. (Metrolinx photo)
A man buys a ticket from an agent.
A man buys a ticket from an agent. (Metrolinx photo)
The Newmarket GO Station in 1971.
The Newmarket GO bus station in 1971 – GO trains didn’t start serving this station until the early 1980’s (Metrolinx photo)
A GO train moves down the tracks.
A GO train moves down the tracks. (Metrolinx photo)
A customer buys a ticket.
A customer buys a ticket. (Metrolinx photo)
Cars park at a GO station in this 1971 image.
Cars park at a GO station in this 1971 image. (Metrolinx photo)

All photos courtesy of Metrolinx

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