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GO Train Derailed at John and Hunter?

By Ryan McGreal
Published February 11, 2009

Or so it appears from this image on the Hamilton Grand website:

Text reads:
Text reads: "Photo taken from exact site of building, showing the GO Train only two blocks away" (Image Credit: hamiltongrand.ca)

At John St., the GO Train tracks run parallel to Hunter St. - and perpendicular to John. The photo caption reads, "Photo taken from exact site of building, showing the GO Train only two blocks away" but the photo itself shows a GO Train at about a 45 degree angle to the tracks and apparently making a left turn onto John St.

The track doesn't start to bend until it reaches Catharine St. - and then it curves the opposite direction, south toward the escarpment.

I'm as excited about the Hamilton Grand as anyone, but I'm not excited to see that some overzealous web designer has crafted a phony image to highlight the building's proximity to the GO Station. The map below the image already suffices for this.

(h/t to Robert Hamilton for spotting the anomaly - I didn't actually notice it the first time I looked at the photo.)

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By jason (registered) | Posted February 11, 2009 at 14:48:45

haha...that's pretty funny.

looks like they enlarged the GO Train. Not sure why. Stand in front the Hamilton Grand site when a train is there and it's easy to see.

As a side note, a large banner is now hanging off the front of the Hamilton Grand sales office advertising the project.

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By BE (anonymous) | Posted February 11, 2009 at 15:20:50

Uuuuuhhhhh. Isn't the Train Car sitting on the bridge that crosses James and John St. I don't think this is photoshopped, just several optical illusions going on.

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By JonC (registered) | Posted February 11, 2009 at 21:24:27

I can't remember off the top of my head, but I believe that bridge has a wall about 4 feet tall on it, which would cut off the bottom of the train at a bare minimum. I could be wrong about that wall though, maybe that's just on the James St. bridge.

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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted February 11, 2009 at 21:50:10

They probably just didn't feel like standing in the middle of John Street waiting for a train to come by - not to mention that right now all trains leave hamilton before dawn and come back after dusk. Crumby winter.

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By just a hammer kid (anonymous) | Posted February 11, 2009 at 23:29:02

Ummm... ok, I don't know if the photo's real or not, but isn't the map upside down? I assume that's to make the photo make sense, but that's just weird.

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By just a hammer kid (anonymous) | Posted February 11, 2009 at 23:30:06

... oh, wait. I get it. It's those Toronto folks making the map... THEIR lake is on the wrong side, so Hamilton seems upside down to them :)

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By MattM (registered) | Posted February 12, 2009 at 12:38:47

The train is most certainly shooped into the image. It wouldn't be that big looking from John/Main, neither would it be on that kind of angle since the station is right there (and is completely perpendicular with Hunter, Main, King, etc.)

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By Jonathan (registered) | Posted February 12, 2009 at 13:28:58

Picture looks like total ass

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By Moseby (registered) | Posted February 16, 2009 at 14:18:21

I thought the picture looked a little strange when I first looked at it on the Grand's website too. I agree with previous posts that they probably just shopped a larger image of the train into the picture to make it stand out more. Not that big of a deal though.

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