Montreal's newest subway trains pulled from service

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The first MPM-10 Azur trainset makes its inaugural run in Montreal in February 2016.
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MONTREAL — Officials with Montreal's subway system are trying to find out why their cars are taking damage in normal service. One week after announcing more frequent Metro service, the Société de Transport de Montréal held a news conference Monday morning to announce that all 12 of the new Alstom/Bombardier-built Azur Metro trains acquired to date have been removed from service as well as another, older trainset.

At this morning's conference, STM General Manager Luc Tremblay said that at a subsequent inspection of the entire line and the rolling stock used on it, all 12 Azur cars and at least one 1970s-era Bombardier-built MR-73 trainset have sustained running gear damage.

The withdrawal has placed a crimp in the previously announced train frequency increase, as a like number of cars in the system's oldest fleet, the MR-63 series which date from the system's 1966 start-up have been retired and or scrapped.

An investigation into the cause damage incidents on Saturday is under way. In the interim, all Azur sets are out of service pending repairs, as is the damaged MR-73.

An Alstom representative tells Trains News Wire that their focus is on a vehicle-track interaction problems and that any parts damaged on the Azur trains will be replaced and upgraded, if necessary, on trains yet-to-be delivered.

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