THANKS MR-63

Thanks MR-63!

A chapter in Montréal’s public transit history is coming to a close: the final MR-63 train will be leaving us on June 21.
 

A farewell tour

The train will make an appearance on each métro line at rush hours during the week of June 18.

Climb aboard one last time!

52 years of loyal service is worth celebrating!
Four more trips and it’s over... say goodbye one last time:

  Monday, June 18: Yellow line

  Tuesday, June 19: Green line

  Wednesday, June 20: Orange line 

  Thursday, June 21: Blue line

Follow the scenes of his farewell tour on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram .

#mercimr63 Photo Contest

Pay tribute to the MR-63 one last time. Share your pictures of the train and enter our contest!


 

To enter:
During the MR-63’s final weeks of glory and its farewell tour on the week of June 18, take your snaps of the train and post them on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #mercimr63.

You could win:
Two winners (one grand winner and one runner-up) will receive a Boutique STM merchandise package and family admission to Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum! View the contest rulesfor more informations (French version only).

Amateur film-making and picture-taking involving minimal crews and small devices (smartphone or hand-held camera without other equipment) do not require prior authorization insofar as they comply with these restrictions:

Pictures and videos are allowed if taken with a smartphone or small camera.

Using a tripod or flash is prohibited within the métro system.

Activity must not impede the movement or flow of passengers.

Filming or photographing STM employees is prohibited.

In addition to these points, it is crucial that you comply with all basic safety regulations at all times when you are inside the métro system. You can view all rules and regulations.

The MR-63 has a lot of stories to tell

Here are some of them:

Retiring to the museum

Beginning this fall, visit car 81-502 in the permanent collection of Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum, in Saint-Constant.

Why was car 81-502 chosen?

The first MR-63 car built by Vickers was number 81-501, but it was number 81-502 that was delivered first and hosted the first dignitaries.

Unveiling the very first cars   
August 24, 1965, was a very big day at the Canadian Vickers workshop on Notre-Dame. The first three cars for the Montréal métro were unveiled with pomp and ceremony, attended by Mayor Drapeau and his wife; the chairman of the city’s executive committee, Lucien Saulnier; the métro’s chief engineer, Lucien L’Allier; and Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger, whose red robes contrasted sharply with the new train’s blue and white livery. Officials and dignitaries stood aboard car 81-1502 (today 81-502) for the official photo, seen here, often mistaken for the métro’s inaugural photo. Far from it! Another year went by before the public was able to board the MR-63 cars, on October 14, 1966.
Photo: Ville de Montréal Archives
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