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Montreal Series Retirement Charter - February 28, 1999

Text by Brad O'Brien and James Bow.

This page originally appeared on an earlier version of the Toronto Transportation Society website, before it disappeared during major website renovations. With permission of the TTS webmaster, and author, Brad O'Brien, this web page has been reprinted here.

In early 1999, the writing was on the wall for the first Canadian-built Subway Cars, the Montreal series. With the new T1s arriving regularly, and the MLWs confined to acting as rush-hour extras, railfans knew that this class of vehicle would soon be retired. As it had done with the Gloucesters in 1990, the TTS organized a farewell charter for the M-1s. Railfans from across North America would be able to say goodbye to these distinctive cars, as well as visit places on the subway system that were rarely open to the public.

Held on the anniversary date of the opening of the University subway (February 28), dozens of TTS members gathered at Davisville station to board the train. The charter would become one of the biggest in the history of the TTS. Brad O'Brien was there, and logged the trip below.

Montrealer Retirement Charter Image Archive

Special thanks goes to everyone who organized and attended this charter and made it a such a great event. Until next time!

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