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Dec 15, 2011

Old railway line runs through college grounds

 With the exception of the Red-tailed Hawk (at top), I had no luck today, looking for birds in the woods around the former Eaton Hall country estate.   I did for the first time, however, pay close attention to the particular trail beneath my feet.   Between 1902 and 1927, the Schomberg and Aurora Railway ran through part of, what is today, the King Campus of Seneca College.   The former rail-bed of that train line (pictured above) remains today and is a well-used hiking trail at Seneca.   The Seneca trails and the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail are easily accessed by a stile (below right)  on the west side of Dufferin Street, about a half mile north of the Seneca College Main Gate.   The southern end of the old railway trail section starts right behind the old Eaton Hall, and now Seneca College, gatehouse (below left).   There's lots of parking on the west side of the gatehouse.

Photos by BarrytheBirder
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