The Symes Rd train Wall
Hubert August 18, commented on the blog about the Symes Rd, train wall, he wrote….
“When the wall was built originally it suppose to serve as a sound wall. Now that there is no track behind it something should be done to reduce its height. 100 Symes now has 15+ businesses including a brewery (Rainhart) + Sports gym (Monkey Vault). People are getting lost driving around trying to figure out how to get across. A simple rail will do to prevent traffic.”
As a sound barrier wall from the train noise, the wall had a a very short life. The land that was the rain tracks was then sold to St Helens Meat packers which uses it as a parking lot for their employees. The wall most probably belongs to the City of Toronto, or the development if the houses built on the sound side of the wall at are some type of condo development.
The best solution to increased traffic on the south side of the wall now that is looking for 100 Symes Rd. would be directional signage.
However the wall does present a rather special iconic reuse that retains the memory of the tracks that once fed the Canada Packers site.