Chris Dreams of Lansdowne Station


Blog / Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Recently, I’ve been having dreams that I have an apartment inside of Lansdowne Station. I suppose that I spent enough time going in and out of it that it wormed its way in.

(Woodbine station played a similar role for me when I was in the city in 2015.)

Some of the imagery in the dream clearly comes from what I had pictured when I heard Sharon Washington interviewed on Day 6 recently. Instead of a library, however, it was the simple tiled loveliness of Toronto’s Bloor-Danforth line.

I don’t know where the 50s street tough part came from, but it did all the same. Maybe it was because I was once threatened in middle school with a switchblade comb by a kid with a duck’s ass haircut, I don’t know.

Helpfully, I was reminded by Paul Croft and Andrew H that it sounded like Robert Munsch’s Jonathan Cleaned UpBlackberry Subway Jam. Given its publication in 1981, I was most definitely the right age for it when it had been already well-established in school libraries, including that at St. Joseph’s in South Porcupine.

Appropriately, the subway cars in Jonathan Cleans Up / Blackberry Subway Jam are the red Gloucester series cars, which were also visible in one of my favourite Littlest Hobo episodes.

A red Gloucester series south of Eglinton, 1955. Image: Julian Bernard (1954); Curt Frey/Pat Lavalee Collection.
A red Gloucester series south of Eglinton, 1955. Image: Julian Bernard (1954); Curt Frey/Pat Lavalee Collection.

It’s a hill I’m willing to die on: The Littlest Hobo represents some of the best in televised Canadiana from that late-70s/early-80s period.

Filmed in 1983, aired in 1984, the Littlest Hobo solved a real caper in the fifth season episode, Ghost Station.
Filmed in 1983, aired in 1984, the Littlest Hobo solved a real caper in the fifth season episode, Ghost Station.

 

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