Happy Friday! I haven’t done any kind of train/transit video in a very long time … so here you are. This is a mix of original (MR-63), vintage (MR-73) and modern (MPM-10) rolling stock running on the Montreal métro, as captured at a few stations last month.
The Montreal Transit Corp. (Société de transport de Montréal, or STM) recently began revenue service of its next-generation métro cars. Dubbed “Azur”, the STM’s MPM-10 rolling stock is being built by a Bombardier-Alstom consortium. The order is for 468 cars, assembled in nine-car train-sets.
As the newer-model trains are gradually delivered, they will replace vintage MR-63 rolling stock, in service since the Montreal métro opened in 1966.
I only got a brief glimpse of the new Azur train at the Mont-Royal métro station on my last trip to Montreal, on its second day of revenue service. Perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to ride one upon my next visit.
When Montreal was planning its métro system some half a century ago, it decided to go with Parisian-style trains fitted with tires in addition to steel wheels.
Consequently, experts from the RATP, the Parisian public transportation authority, acted as consultants throughout the planning and construction stages.
That cross-Atlantic connection is symbolized in one of the entrances to Square Victoria station, which has authentic Art Nouveau signage as you’d find in the French capital, a gift from the RATP first installed in 1967.
The original rolling stock of the Montreal metro, built by Canadian Vickers and dating back to 1966, still plies the tracks under that city’s streets. Here’s a train of such cars entering Viau station a few weekends ago.
These vehicles will be retired within a few years, when the Montreal Transit Corp. receives the first of a new fleet of new Metro cars, built by Bombardier and Alstom.