Montréal inusité / secret

I always go to Italimenti now

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I found these two google maps “Easter eggs” in Montreal


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Ça m’a fait penser à ce terrain à Varennes, où l’on retrouve l’une des deux seules contaminations à l’uranium du Québec (le deuxième terrain est à Longueuil).

http://www.santecom.qc.ca/Bibliothequevirtuelle/santecom/35567000074325.pdf

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Est-ce que quelqu’un sait si cet l’édifice du 1555 Carrie Derick est maintenant utilisé par le SPVM.
Depuis quelques semaine il y a beaucoup de voiture dont plusieurs auto patrouilles. Il y a toujours une autopatrouille qui «guête» l’entrée. Ce matin l’auto patrouille avait même ces girophares en action.

Peut-être en lien avec la COP15 ?

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En passant ce soir, j’ai vu des policiers dans leurs uniformes à l’intérieur du bâtiment, ainsi que beaucoup d’écrans à l’étage.

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Trouvez l’érouv :mag_right:

Montréal y est beaucoup représentée dans le vidéo à cause de IATA & OACI

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Je croyais que j’étais fou ce matin car j’ai entendu à plusieurs reprises le son de fermeture des portes du métro de ma chambre, alors que j’habite à plus de 5 minutes du métro - comme par hasard une connaissance Twitter a parlé de la même expérience aujourd’hui et quelqu’un dans ses commentaires a élucidé le mystère: les autobus scolaires électriques de Lion font exactement le même son! You're not hearing things, Montreal's metro melody has hit the streets

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L’escalier Maplewood dans Outremont

J’ignorais la présence de cet escalier, même si je suis passé à cet endroit des centaines de fois. Voici son tracé:

Du chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, on ne remarque pas un passage public, on a l’impression qu’il s’agit d’un escalier privé pour une des maisons cossues sur cette rue:

J’ai emprunté le chemin inverse, et sur l’avenue Maplewood, il y a une pancarte (arrachée au sol) indiquant ce chemin public. Voici donc ce sympathique passage qui permet de monter dans les rues d’Outremont vers la montagne:



Pas loin du sommet de l’escalier, il y a cette maison avec une statue inusitée:

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La sculpture sur la dernière photo est similaire aux oeuvres de Botero; si c’est un vrai Botero ça vaut très cher.

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C’est un Botero!

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Il y a d’autres passages techniquement privés, pratiques pour rejoindre la Côte-Sainte-Catherine :shushing_face: Très improbable, mais se serait génial si l’arrondissement pouvait négocier avec les propriétaires pour en faire des passages public.

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D’ailleurs il y a un texte intéressant de @ProposMontreal portant sur l’ancien propriétaire de l’œuvre de Botero (Marciano, propriétaire du LHotel). Il y a même une vidéo de 2008 où on peut voir la sculpture devant son manoir à Beverly Hills, avec d’autres oeuvres d’art aujourd’hui considérées « Montréalaises »!

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Il y a plusieurs de ces petits passages/escaliers publics à Westmount, qui sont très agréables à marcher. On a l’impression d’entrer dans l’intimité de ces maisons en se retrouvant dans leurs cours arrières. Les escaliers qui relient Summit Circle à The Boulevard sont une bonne montée, très cardio!

Les passages que je connaissais de Westmount sont visibles sur Google Maps, et lorsqu’on demande une direction à pied, ils sont utilisés. Le fait que ton passage ne se retrouve pas sur Google Maps me laisse croire qu’il y en a peut-être d’autres à Westmount à trouver! :stuck_out_tongue:

Sunnyside Steps

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Celle-là date de 2017. C’est le petit passage qui donne sur Trafalgar. C’est collé à une maison, alors t’as l’impression de rentrer dans la cour de quelqu’un. Assez insolite, mettons.

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Je me demandais justement où se trouvait ce Botaro depuis qu’il avait été enlevé de LHotel voilà quelques années.

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J’adore !!! :heart_eyes: :station:

Tiny trains zip through Montreal-inspired city that was handcrafted with ‘artistic flair’

Alex Montagano combines passion for politics, history and trains to create elaborate model

Isaac Olson · CBC News · Posted: Dec 25, 2022 4:00 AM EST


Alex Montagano has put countless hours into carving, soldering, 3D printing and painting his own version of Montreal. (Isaac Olson/CBC)

As a boy in Montreal, Alex Montagano loved model trains, but he lost touch with the hobby as he focused on building a family and career.

Then about a year before the pandemic struck, he rediscovered his old passion and realized that no matter how hectic life can get — how out of control it may seem — he is in complete control of his environment when constructing a cityscape for miniature trains to race through.

In his basement, working away at models for hours on end, he can give residents of his west end neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) that outdoor basketball court they’ve been asking for, or sufficient trash receptacles.

He can bring an aging, dilapidated theatre — once known as the Empress — back to life and portray the reality of Montreal life from orange traffic cones and street-clogging protests to the iconic Saint Joseph’s Oratory.

Montagano is active in municipal politics and has run for office in the Côte-des-Neiges–NDG borough.

He has discovered that model building is a way for him to explore history, delve into his passion for trains and recreate his political vision for the borough, he said.

“It’s also a great way for me to express myself artistically by building like-models of iconic Montreal buildings,” said Montagano, who has opened his home up to community events like the NDG Art Hop so everybody can see his creation.

WATCH | Montreal model train cruises tracks:


Model train enthusiast makes awe-inspiring homage to Montreal (1 month ago | Duration 2:09)
Alex Montagano reveals his motivations and inspirations for creating his elaborate model of the city and some of its landmarks.

Montagano works almost entirely in N scale, which is a format that ranges from 1:148 to 1:160. That means the trains, tracks, buildings, cars, trucks and everything in between are so small that he sometimes needs a magnifying glass to construct and paint them.

“You have to shrink everything down, and sometimes it’s not exactly to scale,” he explained.

“If I treat it like a science, the proportions don’t look right. So you have to exercise a lot of discretion and artistic flair.”

Hours of work

To create his models, he uses a mix of methods that can range from carving plastic and shaping metal wires to printing out intricate building facades, people, signs and statues with his 3D printer.

Creating the Empress Theatre, his most recent addition, took about 60 hours, between studying the building on Sherbrooke Street in person to designing the model on his computer. Then he printed, assembled, painted and wired it for lighting.


Alex Montagano’s model train set is in N scale, meaning everything is struck down to a point that he has to use a magnifying glass to add details. (Isaac Olson/CBC)

In fact, he wired the entire model train’s structure with tiny LED lights. There’s a massive spider web of thin wires hidden under the structure, creating an unsolvable maze of mild electrical current so street lamps, traffic lights, cars and windows are all illuminated.

“It is an involved process,” said Montagano, a contractor who restores old homes.

His model train hobby can get expensive, but no matter the cost, he said, “I think it is good for me. For my mental well-being. It’s a bit of escapism.”

Interest revived by Thomas the Tank Engine

Ivan Dow, who organizes the annual Montreal Model Train Exposition, said the popularity of Thomas the Tank Engine has reinvigorated the hobby with younger generations.

The interest is multifaceted and people get into it for a range of reasons, be it a fascination with architecture or a love of electronics, he explained.

He said there has been a decline in hobby shops over the years, but trains and models can be ordered online.

Still, budding hobbyists might get turned off by the price as it can be costly, so Dow recommends people buy used. Used model trains can go for 20 to 50 per cent of the original price, he said.

“A lot of the older generation just wants to get rid of their trains when they reach 80 or 90,” Dow said. “You can get really good deals with that age group.”

Take a scroll through photos of the model train:


The model includes the Guaranteed Pure Milk Bottle Water Tower, the Leonard Cohen mural and substantially more public transit than the actual Montreal. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


The model’s extensive lighting illuminates signs, streets, businesses and prominent features like St. Joseph’s Oratory. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


Gibeau Orange Julep, found on Décarie Boulevard in Montreal, is actually a painted Styrofoam ball in Alex Montagano’s model. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


The entire model covers about 4.6 metres with a network of bridges and tunnels for the whirring electric trains. The set operates automatically. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


There are popular or well-known sights from around NDG incorporated into the model like the Monkland Tavern and the Meldrum sign. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


The model includes locks and draw bridges along the Lachine Canal. Alex Montagano says he will eventually add a bike path so it’s more like the real thing. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


Alex Montagano’s recent addition of the Empress Theatre required hours of work on the computer, designing the model for his 3D printer to create. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


The Egyptian style Empress Theatre on Sherbrooke Street dates back to 1927. It has sat largely unused since 1992, but Alex Montagano revived the building in his model. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


In real life, Boucherie Tranzo, Deli Snowdon and Nettoyeur Écologique Royal are scattered across different locations in Côte-Des-Neiges—NDG, but in the model world, they are neighbours. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


Some features in Alex Montagano’s model have that traditional train set feel with a Canadian touch. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


Montreal’s light-rail network will have a station named Griffintown–Bernard-Landry. That name has stirred debate, so Alex Montagano renamed it in his model. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


Alex Montagano included a protest in his model, saying the group is opposed to the underfunding of Côte-Des-Neiges—NDG. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


Alex Montagano has recreated a mix of features inspired by Montreal landmarks. The setup is an L shape. In total, it is more than six metres long and about a metre across. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


Orange traffic cones are a common theme in Montreal. To be in N scale, the 3D printed cones are about the size of a pencil eraser. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


Residents in the Westhaven area have been asking for a basketball court, Alex Montagano said, so he installed one next to the iconic Chalet Bar-B-Q. (Isaac Olson/CBC)


Montrealer creates mini model of the city, complete with orange cones

CTV WATCH:
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CTV News | Angela MacKenzie, CTV News Montreal Videojournalist | Jan. 15, 2023 9:27 p.m. EST

A Montreal man has combined his love of rail travel with his passion for local landmarks by create a miniature, elaborate model of his city.

Alex Montagano loved model trains as a child. He reconnected with the hobby just before the COVID-19 pandemic and has since taken it to extraordinary lengths.

“I’ve been working on it constantly ever since, in my free time,” he told CTV News.

His project is by no means a map of Montreal – more like a tribute, complete with recognizable landmarks like the Orange Julep, the Leonard Cohen mural and the iconic Five Roses plant.


Downtown Montreal’s iconic Leonard Cohen mural is show in Alex Montagano’s model of the city. (CTV News/Angela Mackenzie)

What Montagano couldn’t purchase, he built.

For example, he made N.D.G’s Empress Theatre with a 3-D printer, capturing the Egyptian art-deco style of the original construction.


Alex Montagano used a 3-D printer to create his model of Montreal’s Empress Theatre. (CTV News/Angela Mackenzie)

“I’d visit, take photographs, do drawings, then I’d come back and say, 'how can I manifest this into a physical model that I can put on the layout,” he explained.

And just like in actual Montreal, there’s construction work, and even a protest.


A protest is shown in Alex Montagano’s miniature model of Montreal. (CTV News/Angela Mackenzie)

And like construction work, there’s always more to do.

“It’s always in progress, and I never anticipate it to be finished.”

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Partagé par un ami, capturé au terrain de golf de Côte-Saint-Luc :sweat_smile:

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un «icône» du boulevard Taschereau a été détruit par un incendie. Le site semblait déjà placardé… :thinking:

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