Toronto Transit Commission 5300-5335

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Interior layout of 5300-5335.

Toronto Transit Commission 5300-5335, collectively known as the M1 subway cars, were built by the Montreal Locomotive Works. They were the first subway cars to be built in Canada. The order for the 36 cars was placed in 1960 to provide service for the new University line. Delivery commenced in early 1962. They were delivered by railway flatcar to the TTC's Davisville Yard.

The M1 cars operated in trainsets of married pairs, like almost all of Toronto's subway cars have. They differed from the previous Gloucester cars in several respects. The M1 cars were longer at 75 feet and had aluminum bodies, though the TTC had previously explored aluminum construction with the G2 cars. While the M1 cars were longer than the steel G cars, they were much lighter. The M1s were also designed with better performance and efficiency in mind. The interiors of the cars used fluorescent lighting and new finishes. The colour pallet consisted of light blue, yellow, and grey.

The M1 cars operated on the Yonge-University-Spadina line and Bloor-Danforth line. By the early 1990s, they were assigned to rush hour service only. Retirement began in October 1998, well after many of the younger H1 cars had been retired due to new Bombardier T1 deliveries. The H1 cars were also used more heavily than the M1 cars, contributing to their earlier demise. 10 M1 cars were retired in 1998, and 26 in 1999, with the final M1 cars retiring in early May 1999. The last active cars were 5306/07, 5310/11, and 5316/17 (order unknown), which made their final runs on May 3rd 1999.

Two M1 cars, 5300 and 5301, were donated to the Halton County Radial Railway for preservation, and moved in mid-July 1999. Other retired cars were trucked to Future Enterprises in Hamilton for scrapping.

Fleet numbers from this retired series were reused for the optional 156-car second order that was exercised for new Bombardier T1 subway cars, that were delivered between late 1999 and 2001.

Built Motor Seating Destination sign
1961-1962 CGE 1251PA1 84 (later 83) Rollsign

Details

  • Note: not all retirement dates known. Earliest and latest retirements noted below.
Fleet Number Thumbnail Date Serial Division Status/Disposal Notes
5300 1961-1962 83324
Retired

5301 Toronto Transit Commission 5301-a.jpg 1961-1962 83856
Retired

5302 1961-1962 83325 Retired
5303 1961-1962 83857 Retired
5304 1961-1962 83326 Retired
5305 1961-1962 83858 Retired
5306 1961-1962 83327 Retired
May 1999
Part of final cars in service, May 3rd 1999
5307 1961-1962 83859 Retired
May 1999
Part of final cars in service, May 3rd 1999
5308 1961-1962 83328 Retired
5309 1961-1962 83860 Retired
5310 1961-1962 83329 Retired
May 1999
Part of final cars in service, May 3rd 1999
5311 1961-1962 83861 Retired
May 1999
Part of final cars in service, May 3rd 1999
5312 1961-1962 83330 Retired
5313 1961-1962 83862 Retired
5314 1961-1962 83331 Retired
November 1998
5315 1961-1962 83863 Retired
November 1998
5316 1961-1962 83332 Retired
May 1999
Part of final cars in service, May 3rd 1999
5317 1961-1962 83864 Retired
May 1999
Part of final cars in service, May 3rd 1999
5318 1961-1962 83333 Retired
October 1998
5319 1961-1962 83865 Retired
October 1998
5320 1961-1962 83334 Retired
5321 1961-1962 83866 Retired
5322 1961-1962 83335 Retired
5323 1961-1962 83867 Retired
5324 1961-1962 83336 Retired
5325 1961-1962 83868 Retired
5326 1961-1962 83337 Retired
5327 1961-1962 83869 Retired
5328 1961-1962 83338 Retired
5329 Toronto Transit Commission 5329-a.jpg 1961-1962 83870 Retired
5330 1961-1962 83874 Retired
5331 1961-1962 83871 Retired
5332 1961-1962 83875 Retired
November 1998
5333 1961-1962 83872 Retired
November 1998
5334 1961-1962 83876 Retired
October 1998
5335 1961-1962 83873 Retired
October 1998

References

  • [1] Transit Toronto "The Montreal Series (M1) Cars", retrieved on 2010-10-17.
  • Bytown Railway Society (2007), "Canadian Trackside Guide 2007". Ottawa, ON: St. Joseph Print.
  • Bytown Railway Society (1999, February), "Branchline, Canada's Rail News Magazine". Ottawa, ON: Quadraprint Inc.
  • Bytown Railway Society (1999, July/August), "Branchline, Canada's Rail News Magazine". Ottawa, ON: Quadraprint Inc.
  • Bytown Railway Society (1999, September), "Branchline, Canada's Rail News Magazine". Ottawa, ON: Quadraprint Inc.
  • Personal observations