As the sun begins to set on this wonderful Sunday evening, I would like to take a moment to mention that the rolling stock transition on the Paris Metro Line 5 is nearly complete.
Line 5 has had a couple changes in its rolling stock ever since it opened in 1906, with the very first stock trains being the Sprague-Thomson. The Sprague circulated on Line 5 for many years, initially in 3-car sets but then increasing to 4-car trains as the line expanded. In the 1970s, the MF 67-D and E series trains, comprising of 5 cars, began to appear on Line 5, gradually replacing the aging Sprague trains.
The retirement of the Sprague was practically complete as of 1982, until a flooding event at station Église de Pantin occurred on June 7, 1982, forcing several MF 67 trains out of service and the remaining Sprague trains from Line 9 to be rerouted to Line 5. The Sprague was finally pulled from service permanently on April 16, 1983. During this time, many of the MF 67-D and E series trains were gradually being moved over to other lines in favor of the newer MF 67-F series trains from Line 7.