In 1962, the TTC ordered 36 subway cars from the Montreal Locomotive Works. They were the first subway cars built in Canada. They were constructed of light weight aluminium and, at the time, were the longest transit car in North America. Originally purchased for the 6.7 mile long Yonge – University subway, they began service in 1963 from Eglington to St. George Station.
1999 marks the 36th year of these trains revenue service, and February 28th of that year, was the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the University Line. The Toronto Transportation Society organized a farewell charter on this date to commemorate the retirement of these cars. This video chronicles the charter plus the cars’ final days of service.
The Feb 28 1999 farewell charter features cars 5300 ,5301, 5330, 5327, and 5326. The charter began at Davisville Subway Station, proceeding north to Finch Station. Continuing to Downsview station. The train then proceeded to Osgoode station, and Lower Bay station, before continuing on to Greenwood yard. The last photo stop was Kipling, after which the train returned to Downsview.
More information about the charter is available on the Transit Toronto website.
Copyright 2000, 60 Minutes, Narrated