Father of the Expo Express Dies

VANCOUVER, Feb. 26, 2009 - Bernard Barham, engineer in charge of installation and operation of North America's first automated rapid transit system, the Expo Express, died Feb 17 following a stroke. The computer-controlled Expo Express, installed for the world's fair in Montreal (Expo 67), was a novel undertaking in 1967 and, like the fair it serviced, constructed in record time. It carried 44 million passengers from April-Oct, 1967.

Report first published by CNW Group.

Bernard Barham, engineer, with his model switch for tracks. The Expo Express with Bernard Barham on board doing a test run
only days before the
official opening of Expo 67.