Stop The Train

The handful of you who read my blog Following A Bold Plan, will recognize this building as the Witch’s Hat in Uxbridge, which sits along the Trans-Canada Trail.


The Witch’s Hat was built in 1904 as a train station to support the rail traffic moving through the area, carrying people and supplies to and from the small surrounding communities, to Toronto in the south.

It’s a train museum now, but was closed on the day Helen and I traveled past it.  Since our good luck was continuing to hold out, that didn’t stop us from getting inside for a look around.  A maintenance worker saw us outside wandering around taking photos, and offered to show us the inside.

Of course we said yes!

This was Helen’s favourite find

In fact, there wasn’t much inside that captured my attention,  perhaps because it appeared like they were in the process of renovating, with boxes and items randomly scattered around.

I couldn’t even get a decent photo of the front door.

That’s ok … I was more preoccupied with the trains outside anyway.

I am a fan of large sliding doors though

It’s been so long since I was on a train, is this warning still posted above the steps?


I grew up in a railway town and it was seriously frowned upon to wander around in the rail yard … so this was a treat.

I’m pretty sure the skateboarding sign isn’t an original 1904 artifact!

There was just so much to explore.



As patient as Helen is while I’m poking around taking photos, sometimes I have to quit long before I want to just so I don’t take advantage of her goodwill.

Yes!  This is a door!!

Thursday Doors is a weekly photo feature hosted by the Chief Engineer Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.  Check it out, explore, or join in yourself.  Just look for the little blue frog.


  1. On most European lines it’s not possible to board a moving train anymore. The guard switches the doors to locked centrally before the train starts. That said, I certainly remember the adrenalin rush of jumping onto a train when it had just started to move. And the time when I decided I’d cut it a little fine and wouldn’t do that again!


  2. Have you seen the train Depot set up down behind the Dome & Aquarium? It’s next to the Steam Whistle Brewery. It would be good for some photos.


  3. The shape of that building is so cool! The town where I grew up had no trains, so when we moved across the coast to a town that did, it was always fascinating to see. Except when I was stuck at the tracks on the road that led to their school 😉 There are definitely more here in Virginia than there were in Florida. I’ve finally come to love the rumble and the whistle. 🙂


    • Thanks. I believe this weekend they will have a special Hallowe’en train. We were told it is extremely popular and always sold out.

      I was there earlier in the summer and they had the Thomas Train there in the rail yard. I was looking for the photos I would have taken and was shocked to realize I HADN’T TAKEN ANY!!!
      Sometimes I get carried away and forget about the camera!!

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      • LOL! Thomas the Train would have been an awesome photo op! You sound like us when we went out west. We came back with hundreds of picture of mountains and little else because we had never seen any before, So many missed opportunities!


  4. Am smiling, because as a teen I went to school in another city so the train was a daily occurrence. No one holds to not boarding when the train starts moving – you don’t want to wait for the next one:)


  5. I was hoping you were going to take us back here for doors, Joanne, when I saw the original post. I love the doors and I really love wandering around a train station and platform. We recently saw a “no horseplay” sign in a hotel elevator.


  6. Trains, doors, doors on trains, building with hats on them, and warnings about horseplay: what more could you want in a good Thursday Doors post?? 😀
    Awesome post Joanne.


    • Thanks. It was one of those unexpected finds while out on the trail. I admit I don’t often read in advance what we might find in our travels. I prefer the element of surprise … although I’m sure it’s backfired and I’ve missed stuff too.


  7. A Wizard of Oz roof on that train station, Joanne. Thanks so much for letting us wander with you. I had a blast. And I know what you mean about not testing the patience of the person you’re with. I have the same problem when trying to walk places with lots of doors or other photogenic things. 🙂 Love the warning! It reminds me of the caution signs on hot drinks–something that has to be there for legal reasons but really shouldn’t have to be said.



  8. That looks like such fun and you were lucky to get a peek inside, Joanne. I love old trains and have had the good fortune to ride on a couple “touristy” old trains. The new ones just don’t compare. I like Helen’s door too! 😀


  9. That must have been a common design for train stations of the time, Joanne. If memory serves, the old train station in Whitby, that is now an art gallery, has a similar roofline. I was in the Whitby station for an art class once, but don’t remember any sign about No Horseplay – and I’m sure I would have remembered. It’s a great sign. And good photos. I’m glad you copyright them.


    • Thanks Karen – I was wondering if there might be other train stations of a similar design. It would make sense if there were more. I particularly like that they’ve been repurposed so people can continue to enjoy them.

      I’ve had a watermark for my photos for a long time, but a couple of years ago, Lightroom stubbornly refused to add it. Since I converted to a new computer, Lightroom is magically putting the watermark back on again.
      Now if only I could figure out how to make it smaller 😉


  10. I’m surprised they let you and Helen in being the door says No Horseplay On The Train Platform 😀 You two must either look like two innocent kids peeking through windows or gangsters looking to trash the place. Or you could just be lucky (you would have to give me winning lottery numbers to prove that theory though). Great images Joanne and they sure weren’t afraid of designing and building architecturally bold structures back then.


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