Montreal Geography Trivia No. 31

Montreal Geography Trivia No. 31

Where is this path and what is its purpose?

UPDATE: Nobody got it dead on, but Chris was the closest below, correctly placing this path in LaSalle. A few of you also correctly guessed that there is a rail line on the right. Put that together and you get the right answer.

Path to LaSalle train station from Airlie St.

Path to LaSalle train station from Airlie St.

It’s a path that connects Airlie St. to the LaSalle train station on the Montreal-Delson/Candiac commuter train line near the rail bridge to Kahnawake.

LaSalle has the distinction of being the least-used commuter train station on the island by the number of train stops: six every weekday in each direction, or 60 each week. (Compare that with its busiest station, Central Station, which sees 349 departures and arrivals each week, or Lucien L’Allier/Vendôme/Montreal-Ouest, which has 259 trains a week going through that corridor.)

And it shows.

This underpass connects the parking lot with the only usable platform

This underpass connects the parking lot with the only usable platform

This parking lot is a not-well-marked gravel lot next to an abandoned building

This parking lot is a not-well-marked gravel lot next to an abandoned building

This used to be a train station but has since been boarded up. The platform, too small for a commuter train, is no longer used.

This used to be a train station but has since been boarded up. The platform, too small for a commuter train, is no longer used.

Though marked as a platform for the commuter train, the western side isn't used because it's too short. Its entrance is boarded up.

Though marked as a platform for the commuter train, the western side isn't used because it's too short. Its entrance is boarded up.

The only not-awful-looking entrance to the station is through a park, but it's not obviously a train station entrance.

The only not-awful-looking entrance to the station is through a park, but it's not obviously a train station entrance.

18 thoughts on “Montreal Geography Trivia No. 31

  1. JoLalo

    Ça ressemble à une piste cyclable dans l’est de Montréal, dans un axe nord-sud, dans une espèce de ruelle glauque, près de rails de chemin de fer.

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  2. Jean Naimard

    This is in Pierrefonds, where Alexander avenue crosses the Deux-Montagnes line, about where the old À-Ma-Baie station used to be.

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  3. Chris

    This looks like, but probably isn’t, this weird path that always seems to be shut down in Lasalle, near the Moulin Fleming if I’m not mistaken.

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  4. Mrs Philomene M.

    LaSalle certainly has its ugly spots, that’s for sure. I live on Highlands Avenue right near this eyesore, and I wish the city would do something about this mess.

    There was a murder in the train ‘tunnel’ several years ago. I was going to move. I’ve lived in this neighbourhood since 1959 and I’ve never seen it so horrible; I still want to move sometimes.

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  5. Mary Roberts

    The building you mention is not abandoned. CP ‘workers’ use it to play cards in, read Journal de Montreal and I’ve seen cheap bottles of wine thrown alongside the grass near the tracks, too, suspiciously close to this building.

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