Next time you’re grumbling about the wait at Union Station, take the extra time to drink in the history around you. Yes, you are indeed at Toronto’s very first railway station, but it didn’t always look as grand as it does now. Before its grand pillars broke ground, Union Station was little more than a shack on Front Street. Built by Northern Railway, its maiden rail voyage departed May 16, 1853, from the very spot you just bought your street meat. After a few subsequent structural attempts, the grand hub we’ve all come to know (love?) opened Aug. 6, 1927. And if you squint hard enough, you may even see ghosts of commuters past.