|Vaughan resident Jason Shron built a replica Via Rail passenger car in his basement. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)
VAUGHAN - Jason Shron is The Guy with the Train in his Basement.
The train-obsessed fanatic spent four and a half years or 2,500 hours and roughly $10,000 to reconstruct an actual VIA Rail passenger coach in the basement of his Vaughan home.
“I love VIA trains so much I built one in my house,” Shron said. “This is where I feel most comfortable, I have been collecting VIA stuff for years. The details make it so real to me.”
After learning a former VIA coach was going to be scrapped, Shron purchased the mothballed car, gathered a group of railfan friends and tore apart the coach to rebuild in his basement.