Monday, March 24, 2014

"Riding The Radials"

I haven't shown one of the many historical murals from the Islington for quite a while so here is a good one. This is another done by John Kuna who did it in 2007 in a style resembling an old postcard, and it shows an electric train from the old Guelph Radial Line which ran from Toronto out to the city of Guelph from 1917 to 1931. These lines were called radial because they radiated out from the city to the towns and villages around it.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click here for more murals.

26 comments:

The Greenockian said...

Fabulous! Love the folk hanging off the side!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Sweet

Lowell said...

This is one heck of a mural...looks like that track used to come right where the pavement begins. It's a terrific perspective and the people help put everything in context. Reminds me of the trams in Los Angeles when I was a kid.

Revrunner said...

My first thought was, "Oh, no! Train wreck!"

Bill Nicholls said...

Really cool that one, looks like it is going to push the car out the way, I even looed for the lines to go past the car.

Sharon Anck said...

What is that car doing parked on the tracks?

Luis Gomez said...

So good! What a wonderful capture.

Feyza Ramazanoglu said...

nice one. like it.
also thank you for the information.
Cheers
feyza

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful!

William Kendall said...

It is quite vivid... and the style is old fashioned.

I recall a train museum up near Guelph... I assume there might be something about the line there.

José Mendonça said...

This is really great! Here you can still find some of the old yellow trams working and I hope they will keep them in use for many more years.

Andy said...

If they were still operating today a lot of transit problems would be solved.

Halcyon said...

Love it! Too bad you couldn't get one without the car. I could almost get into the old-timey atmosphere without it. :)

Lowell said...

Hi Pat. Thanks for your nice comment. I would just respond by saying, "Of course!" :))

cieldequimper said...

Oh bugger, I think cities need that kind of transportation! It's a super mural and it must feel strange to park beneath it, like you're on a collision track!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Love the islington murals, used to pass them every day going to work!
Don't miss working LOL!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Kuna is so darn talented. Really like the opposing forces of the train and car. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

Lois said...

This is quite nice. I like the detail. The boy hanging off the side has an interesting look on his face, kind of like he is daring anyone to tell him he can't do that!

hamilton said...

A part of me wishes I were old enough to remember these lines (except then I probably wouldn't be alive today to blog about it!)

Randy said...

That's a nice one. Too bad it has a parking space in front of it.

llandudnopictures said...

Fantastic detail, make me feel nervous for the car parked in front of it!

Gerald (SK14) said...

o that is wonderful!

Kay L. Davies said...

A wonderful mural. If I ever rode on a streetcar like this, it was as an infant, because I don't remember and there's no one left to ask.
However, I remember all the family legends about streetcars in Vancouver, BC, before I was born. My favourite was my grandfather chasing the streetcar after miscalculating the time he'd spent courting my grandmother. One of his brothers happened to be on the car (the last one of the night). He heard the footsteps, and had the car stopped to pick up the young lover.
K

Karl Demetz said...

Ha, this is really a good shot!

Laura. M said...

That seems good ... stop. because they will crash :)))

Jack said...

This is a beauty. You have shown Kuna's work before and I remember thinking that he is good at doing these murals.