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Prince Edward snipped the ribbon at Toronto’s Union Station on Aug. 6, 1927, opening both a travel hub and a new era in transportation. It wasn't the first to be built at the foot of the city - in fact, Toronto's first-ever railway station was a shed on Front Street, built in 1853 where the current station is now. ‘First Union Station’ was built five years later on York Street, with ‘Second Union Station,’ also known as the 'old' Union Station, opening in 1873 at Simcoe Street and The Esplanade. But it was a blaze in 1904 that created the opportunity to merge various train stations at one larger site, right where Toronto’s railway history began. Razed land was transformed into a central hub and in the decades since, travellers not only venture from coast to coast but ride the rocket uptown or take the GO train. “You build your stations like we build our cathedrals,” the Prince of Wales said during Union Station’s opening ceremony, and Toronto continues to build on that architectural beauty today, propelling the landmark into the future.