City politician "Honest" Abe Limonchuk told me just before he died a decade ago that the "greatest tourist attraction that Montreal ever had" was the little train that ran up to the top of Mount Royal.
The Mount Royal Elevator was launched in 1884 and closed up in 1918 when the company that ran it went broke and couldn't afford the repairs.
The ride headed up to the chalet-area from where around the fire administration buildings currently sits.
The little train was a staple for tourists and the mayor would bring visiting dignitairies (what's a dignitary? - Chimples) for a ride to the top.
The idea for its creation lay in the fact that Mount Royal was deemed inaccessible and would never attract people from poorer neighbourhoods, who'd have to take quite a hike to get up there.
And they had a point. Concentrating a massive percentage of our green space resources into one spot on the mountain, rather than a series of local parks isn't exactly a blessing for the poor, so the rich folk who are obsessed with Mount Royal need to toss them a bone.
Of course Camielien Houde Road was built later, so you can take a bus or a car up to the top quite easily now.
But a new train would be a delight, considering that technology exists to do it in an unimposing and ecologically-positive way.
We should get 'er back by 2018, to represent 100 years of its disappearance.