This arrived in today’s mail from a railroad memorabilia dealer in Chicago. I have been slowly increasing my collection of GO Transit paperwork and this is my latest find. While not a full employee timetable it is more of a schedule. What it really excels at illustrating though is how trains moved over the GO Transit network during a typical week. By 1992 GO was operating over several different routes and service was getting fairly intense. I’ve only had this booklet in my hands for a couple of hours but I can already see more about where on the network GO would stage trains and how they moved them over the line. In addition to stops and times, the book also includes siding lengths and priorities for each train. For an example of what you can see in one of these books I thought I’d grab this scan I have of the very first one of these books that GO produced, way back in 1967 when they first started operating.
In 1967 there were only two routes in service: Lakeshore East and Lakeshore West. “East” went from Toronto Union out to Oshawa and “West” went down to Hamilton. Times shown here would correspond directly with those that customers would have seen on timetables at the time.
I think it’s neat stuff and it really illustrates how trains moved over their lines. I keep trying to correlate all of this neat trivia and focus it toward a layout designed around these operations.