Six years ago, in 2014, our team, working under our commercial banner as 3B Solutions, was commissioned to produce a historical documentary about the Allandale Train Station. At the time, that iconic waterfront property was the subject of litigation based on claims of chemical contamination, an Indigenous burial ground, and various unproven claims of corruption and abuse by officials with the City of Barrie. During the research component, the client tried to change the perspective of the program to serve his own legal arguments, and so we withdrew.
Regardless, by that time we had undertaken extensive research and had recorded considerable video that would be no longer available. Some of those recordings were of the fully functional scale model of the waterfront rail-yard of the turn of the 20th century, which had been built and was on display at the Simcoe Museum. At that time, the model was scheduled to be dismantled and stored the next week, so we likely have the only recordings that remain of it.
Other recordings were interviews with historians, archaeologists, former workers at the train yard, and others with direct knowledge of the subject. We also attained extremely detailed photos of the massive railway that once dominated the entire Barrie waterfront, from the Southshore Centre through to the Allandale Station.
Given that Barrie now has virtually no rail services, many residents do not know about the extensive history of the railway complex that once dominated our core. Also, the Allandale Station has never been occupied after taxpayers poured untold amounts of money into restoring it. Why is it still empty, and what are the long-term plans for using it?
We are currently in the fundraising and research phase of production and will be adding new details here as they become available.