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Metro Roulette: A Station's Musical Legacy

Posted by Dave / September 21, 2006

Staircase.jpgIn October of 1990, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Sir Jeff Lynne (shut it!) released an album that to this day is still considered a true classic. They were the known as The Traveling Wilburys. The closing song on the album, which was also released as a single, was End Of The Line. That is the song I'm mouthing as I enter Henri Bourassa station on Montreal's Metro System.

But, little did Harrison, Dylan, Petty, Orbison and Sir Lynne know that this station's claim to the song was short lived. Beginning next year, Henri Bourassa will no longer be the End Of The Line (the Orange Line to be exact).

The station entered service on October 14th, 1966 and was designed by J. Warunkiewicz, André Léonard and Claude Leclerc. I came into Henri Bourassa from the only direction you currently can, the South. I exited through the Berri exit, however there are other exits to chose from at both the corner of Henri Bourassa/Rue Lajeunesse and one at Terminus Henri Bourassa Sud, on the South Side of Blvd Henri Bourassa.

PizzaSign.jpgUpon exiting the station, my eyes were immediately caught by two things. Firstly, quite possibly the oldest pizza sign I have ever seen. Not only would I eat pizza here ( I just had lunch so I unfortunately wasn't hungry), but I may require all future birthdays to be here as well. I am willing to put money, US dollars even, down saying this must be one of the top 20 pizza joints in the city. I say that with the full confidence of someone that has no idea of what he's talking about.

The second thing I noticed was the Palais Du Sport. A large sports bar with balcony that looks as though it's had many a soccer celebration. It's located at the corner or Henri Bourassa and Rue Lajeunesse. Unfortunate camera issues leave me without a photo.

River.jpgThe station is also within a few blocks of what Montrealers call the Back River. However, out-of-towners may know it as Rivière-des-Prairies. The river runs along the north end of the Island between Montreal and Laval, Quebec's second largest city. Bike paths line the shore, allowing cyclists to escape the cityscape and feel like they're in the suburbs.

Just north of the Station I found a beautiful building that piqued my interest. Former Police Station No. 27 is a great looking building, now occupied by the Securité incendie Montréal. I think all buildings should have their original use carved in stone. It makes things so much easier for lazy historians.

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On to why Henri Bourassa will not for long be singing Wilburys songs. Currently, not only is the station under renovation, but an extension to the orange line is currently being constructed. Therefore, as of this time next year, Henri Bourassa will not only no longer be a hub for the Laval Transit System, but it will be just another station on the Orange Line. On that day, I strongly believe that Tom Petty will shed a tear.

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In conclusion, why has Jeff Lynne not yet been knighted?

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Sara / September 22, 2006 at 12:21 pm
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i have to say, it's pretty ballsy of you to return to metro roulette after the reaction to your last one. although hipster turds will probably be less likely to freak out over your taste in pizza joints in this area of town. that photo of the back river rules!
golu dolls / March 26, 2019 at 12:35 am
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Herbal Powder / March 26, 2019 at 12:36 am
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