Did you know that the Montreal subway brakes are made of wood?

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MONTREAL – Since its inauguration in 1966, the Montreal subway has been using brake boots made of cherry wood, an idea inspired by the technology of the Paris metro.

“All [the clogs] used on the Montreal subway are manufactured here,” says Yves Duplessis, mechanical engineer at the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

Less damaging than the composite hoofs, which use the iron of the wheel, wooden clogs are renowned for their silent braking.

Impregnated with peanut oil and then fire-retardant salt, the wooden brake can withstand traveling nearly 80,000 km before it has to be replaced, explains Duplessis.

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