Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. It’s a very handsome structure and perhaps it could again become a draw. From August 2001 to April 2010, the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) sent over 2,500 subway cars to reef programs in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia. Probably not a bad idea considering America's history as a nation of immigrants. Our train switched to the 8th Ave. line at Jay Street and rolled on into Manhattan…. To the next car! Cars on the number lines (1–2–3 etc) are narrower than cars on the letter lines (A-B-C etc). New York, USA. The MTA’s newest subway cars break down more frequently than some that have been running since the mid-1980s, records show. The New York City subway system is one of the most fascinating curiosities in a city full of mysteries. A Division (IRT) Lines: New Technology Trains, A Division R-142/R-142A/R-188, cars 1101-1250, 6301-7180, 7211-7936: R-62/R-62A R-62/R-62A, cars 1301-1625, 1651-2475 5 train: 12 to 15 years old. See more ideas about Subway, Graffiti, Subway art. The subway cars of the future are running with delays. We think … I got on at the Second Avenue stop in Manhattan — the train runs between the Second Avenue stop in Manhattan and the Queens Plaza stop in Queens. The R7A series debuted in 1938 and resembled its R1 and R4 brothers originally. But the MTA says it creates new marine ecosystems. Of note, these are not paid actors. In the 1940s, the bare bulbs were replaced by “bullseye” lighting, so-called because of the fluted glass diffusers. This map was produced when the Independent Subway…the IND…was in fact an independent entity, run by NYC. They were designed to test features that would be implemented on future mass-production NTT orders. 2 train: 12 to 15 years old. No pleasing everyone. The subway cars of the future are running with delays. There are some amazing details on these old train cars. This older car looked a bit worse for wear … Earlier ads actually touted some brands of cigarettes as actually being beneficial to health. Since then, local representatives have been seeking opportunities to redevelop the Armory site for economic development, possibly as a site for schools or a recreation center. During a few weeks at the end of the year, the New York City subway system runs an antique subway … You want to live somewhere else do ya? But money is an objectand New York City's old subway cars are free. So what'd we do this past weekend? Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Even though we arrived at 12:30, there were already a bunch of people waiting — some were clearly tourists; others were clearly New Yorkers. When finished, Stillwell Avenue will echo the larger train sheds you see when movie couples have a tearful parting at a grand railroad station with diffused sunlight streaming in from the ceiling. New York City has a secret subway line with antique cars - here's what it's like to ride it. In 2008, photographer Stephen Mallon documented the dumping of 44 decommissioned subway cars into the Atlantic Ocean. This older car looked a bit worse for wear — the metal “straps” were extra worn, and the fans were worryingly close to riders' heads. As the placard sitting in front of the car explains, Car 8394 was a working NYC subway car built back in the early '60s. OK, enough is enough: It's time to get on this train and take a ride through history! Image: HARALD FRANZEN/ScientificAmerican.com. The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority, a subsidiary agency of the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The lightbulbs have all been replaced, and the ceiling fans are all running (pushing air out of the vents along the top of the car). The annual “Shopper's Special” train line is a perfect example of this: The train line, consisting of eight vintage New York subway cars from several different eras, runs for a few weekends each year — from the Sunday after Thanksgiving to the end of the year, only on Sundays. It’s a short connection to the Culver line along McDonald Ave. from CIY. The gleaming new R179 subway cars, which started going into service two years ago this week and cost nearly $2 million each, failed an average of every 127,374 miles, between March and October. To go further you debarked and boarded the Fulton Street El with a free transfer. It codified a set of procedures to be undertaken during crises of natural origin or attacks upon the US mainland. As our trainset rolled past, we saw cars such as these R27s or R30s…can’t see the train ID numbers from here. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. LUDDISM isn’t Forgotten-NY’s thing. In the late 50s it was beginning to dawn on cigarette manufacturers that it might be a good idea to filter out the amount of soot and dust that accumulates on your lungs when you smoke. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Some of the ads are for events long passed, like this “I Am An American Citizenship Day” — an apparently free event in Central Park. The holiday was originally called “I Am An American Day,” which was celebrated during the 1940s; it became “Citizenship Day” in the early 1950s. But you're here for the train, right? For the run on the Franklin Shuttle, our consist was actually put into passenger service for the first time since the units’ retirement in the 1960s and 1970s. In February 2004, the Electric Railroaders’ Association, in league with the March of Dimes, rolled out some of the finest subway cars ever made for a jaunt through the transit system in a trainset consisting of R1’s, R4’s and R7’s, built in the 1930s but still capable of working up quite a head of steam. A silver charm bracelet. The tour was on its way to Inwood, but I alit at 34th Street, where innocent MTA “customers” were shocked out of their shoes at such a stylish beast chuffing into the station. So we did! The MTA is giving Q riders the subway switcheroo. 8408 appeared in all three films.Car 8394 returned to New York City in 2014 and was installed in an ASICS athletic gear shop in Times Square. This was taken from the subway’s highest point, the viaduct over the Gowanus Canal. Some stations are fully abandoned, rotting away and seen only from passing trains. The cars featured wicker seats, overhead fans, porcelain-covered straps and poles, and more spacious seating than their predecessors, the IRT Low-V (“low voltage”) and BMT Triplex cars. The R16s were delivered between 1954–1955 in a kale green paint scheme and first placed into passenger service on January 10, 1955, on the BMT #15, (now J). New York City’s old subway cars are sleeping with the fishes. But hurry up and do it sooner rather than later, as this unique subway line runs only through 18 December. This looked the closest to the modern New York subway. A new exhibit, "Sea Train: Subway Reef Photos by Stephen Mallon," at the New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery, features photographs that capture the iconic subway cars … Others are in use as storage facilities. Cars have different seat configurations. Sinking the subway cars cost about half as much as selling them for scrap, and the agency could avoid the expensive process of removing asbestos from the cars' floors and walls. The New York City Subway is a large rapid transit system and has a large fleet of rolling … Every Christmas Season in NYC step back in time by riding vintage subway cars from 1932 ! How the Subway Cars Were Taken Out to Sea. Sometimes the New York City subway can feel pretty outdated. In the south, the IND terminated at Church Avenue. In addition to restoring the lighting and ventilation systems, the MTA also restored the station ID placard. Note that the then-separately owned BMT and IRT subways are not pictured. During a few weeks at the end of the year, the New York City subway system runs an antique subway line that you can ride. The overpass is over Park Place. It's pretty delightful seeing modern fashion juxtaposed with these classic subway cars. The subway cars were pushed overboard in groups of 30, according to Tinsman. There they were cleaned and prepped according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency protocols, which included having all their grease and debris removed. 4 train: 10 to 15 years old. It looks newer than it is. The cleaned and stripped cars were then placed onto barges in the Harlem River. Originally equipped with bare bulbs for lighting the interior (that featured left-hand screws so they could not be used for home lighting, discouraging thieves) the R4s were essentially the same as the R1s. No, we don’t want to return to those days. R1 car #100, once again in service! The New York City subway system is a marvel to take in, flaws and all, filled with a rich and vibrant history. Note that the Fulton Street line (today’s A and C) only reached as far east as Rockaway Avenue at this time. Welcome to Subway 101, a new series in which we attempt to demystify the complex, enormous, and often-frustrating New York City subway system. During your webmaster’s time at NYC’s biggest print shop, Photo-Lettering, I worked with Robin, a former Miss Subways, but she never showed me her charm bracelet. Remember how there weren't always screens everywhere? You’ll be seeing them during 2004 as the MTA rolls them out, as well as other cars from its unfortunately small archive from decades past for its centennial celebration. A tonne of people on the train were dressed in period-appropriate clothing. But the list of materials being dumped doesn’t stop there: it includes fishing boats and parts of a New York bridge. Delivery of an initial batch of test cars from a … Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. The man, identified as Hector Ortiz, was discovered by … Old advertisements run through each car. All Right Reserved. If you got caught in between, it felt as if two metal doors were closing on you! Needless to say, there was some confusion and while some MTA “customers” loved the old cars, we heard some complaints too! Three new stations, at 72nd, 86th and 96th streets, plus an extension at East 63rd were added to the BMT and cost 4.4 billion dollars. And yes, Citizenship Day is a real American holiday that you've probably never heard of (I certainly hadn't). Many of the advertisements on the first train car were from the 1940s, such as this advertisement for war bonds. Car #401 interior. A lot of the fun is in the details. Lucky for those of us who never had the chance to see it, Swiss photographer Willy Spiller was there, and the dark and atmospheric series of photos he took has now come to be known as Hell On Wheels. Within a year, the R cars would be leased to the BMT (IRT cars are a different width). Despite the subway car being from the 1930s, advertisements in this car started erring toward the 1960s. Some were collected in the vintage IND cars and were entertaining reading during our frequent lengthy layovers on the trip. Follow Business Insider UK on Twitter. UPDATE: A spokesman for the MTA tells us, "The subway cars appear to be old R30s from the BMT lines, done up to look like newer models. at 4:00 PM on October 21, 2020 In 2008, photographer Stephen Mallon documented the dumping of 44 decommissioned subway cars into the Atlantic Ocean. But wouldn’t it be cool if they could once again make subway cars look like the ones we’re showing on this page? The great wonders of the world are visible from the window of a NYC subway car, new or old. Two cars #s 6318, and 6463 were painted gold for the golden jubilee celebration in 1955. In 1964, the New York City Transit Authority introduced the shiny, stainless-steel R32 subway car. At length, the el would be demolished in Brooklyn, and a connection would be built at the Brooklyn-Queens line. More on the Franklin Shuttle by Doug Diamond and Paul Matus in Rapidtransitnet. It was full of the same adorably designed seats. The R-42 subway cars were retired from service Wednesday after a final, nostalgic ride down the A line. Cars 401 and 484 from the R4 series were also on the trip. Here a set arrives at Marcy Avenue station in Brooklyn on the J line. Bettmann / Bettmann Archive Transit Police Officer Ed Provenzana and his dog named Hang On ride the subway on Dec. 15, 1980, as the city began patrolling its subway system with German shepherds. The seats have clearly been replaced, but they still retain the same charm of their original form. The R, or Revenue, series of subway cars began service in 1932 when R1 units, Number 100-399, first rolled in the new IND (Independent Subway) 8th Avenue line. Just like any NYC subway, the Shopper's Special rolls into the station at high speed. In the photo left, the old Jewish (Interfaith) Hospital building is in the background. First up: a guide to NYC Transit’s various subway cars. The New York Transit Museum boasts of a varied vintage fleet of cabs and cars, ranging from a Victorian-style subway train dating back to 1907 to a … An old New York City subway car sinks into the Atlantic Ocean after it … When they’re done reconstructing the Stillwell Avenue station, it will be the terminal for the B (Brighton) D (West End) , N (Sea Beach) and F (Culver) subway lines. […] https://forgotten-ny.com/2004/03/subways-the-way-they-oughtta-be-a-ride-on-early-ind-cars-from-the-19… […]. (Above: car #484), Porcelain strap and ‘bullseye’ lighting detail. There were nine cars, arranged as three-car sets. For the final car, another throwback to the 1930s (though the decoration on the interior is from the 1940s). Miss Subways’ prize? As you can see, the train runs all day starting at 10am and concluding at about 5pm. My final look into the train was perfectly representative of the bizarre mash-up of antique train cars with modern life: a woman, dressed in antique clothes, listening to music on her smartphone. A Division (IRT) Lines: New Technology Trains, A Division R-142/R-142A/R-188, cars 1101-1250, 6301-7180, 7211-7936: R-62/R-62A R-62/R-62A, cars 1301-1625, 1651-2475 And the placards on this one even lit up. Under the aegis of the Economic Development Corporation, the city has set aside $30 million to refurbish the building and construct a new roof and intends to turn the armory over to private developer RD Management by early 2003 so that it can be developed into an entertainment complex. The sliding doors were far less safe on these early trains. Opened in 1904, the New York City Subway is one of the world's oldest public transit systems, one of the most-used, and the one with the most stations. Since the Shopper's Special line runs during the holidays, it's festooned with Christmas wreaths on the back and front. And our friends dressed in vintage clothing made another appearance, classic photography gear in-hand: Stuff like emergency brakes are notoriously low-tech. Somewhere along the way, Maiden Form became one word. Apr 7, 2018 - Explore jorge gaston's board "Old NYCTA Subway cars" on Pinterest. Right off the bat, the level of detail is stunning. The MTA’s newest subway cars break down more frequently than some that have been running since the mid-1980s, records show. In 1956, it would be connected to the Culver elevated (where our trainset was at this time). These cars first made their appearance in the early 30s. A historic Brooklyn subway car long off the rails is back on the block. R4 car from MTA’s Transit Museum at Prospect Park. to visit Coney Island. It’s been quite awhile since the Kingsbridge Armory was a tourist attraction. The trainset made three round trips, and accepted regular passengers as well as our tour complement. It has been given a new floor and the red cushion seats were added in the 1950s. 100, left and R4 Car #401 during their runs on the Franklin Shuttle. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. From the NYC League of Conservation Voters website: The Armory building in Kingsbridge Heights is located at the corner of Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue [Bronx], occupies four city blocks, and is believed to be the largest armory in the world. With AC, of course. There were some adorably bizarre seats on this first car. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. There's something inherently more classy about calling it the “City of New York” instead of just New York City, isn't there? In 1976, the combination of feminism and graffiti chased Miss Subways away forever. We got on the train and took a ride! Already, we can see the elements of modern subway cars beginning to manifest: porcelain has been replaced by stainless steel, and the wicker seats in the R10s would feature fluorescent lighting, replacing incandescent. Thousands of the decommissioned train cars were placed in the Atlantic Ocean over the last two decades as part of an artificial reef program that doubled as a disposal strategy for the old cars. The MTA is giving Q riders the subway switcheroo. A pandemic-driven supply-chain slowdown will keep the MTA from receiving the first of hundreds of new redesigned subway cars until next year, THE CITY has learned. Cars 401 and 484 from the R4 series were also on the trip. After nearly a century the Second Avenue Subway finally opened to the public on New Years Day. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. The “straps” were much newer, as was the lighting and the seats. One of its most intriguing components of its past is the evolution of its subway cars. The Williamsburgh Savings Bank building floats behind a formerly illuminated Kentile Floors linoleum sign. And, occasionally, New York City acknowledges the delightful mystery surrounding its 24-hour transportation system. These subway lines evolved from surface railroad lines once served by steam engines and rattletrap passenger cars on their way to then-bucolic Coney Island; the Sea Beach line takes its name from a long-defunct hotel that was once the end of the line. Over 2,500 New York subway cars have been used to create an underwater reef for crustaceans and fish in the Atlantic. A 46-year-old man was found dead inside a subway car in Brooklyn on Thursday night, police said. The Shopper's Special keeps the doors between cars open, so you can freely walk through its eight cars. It runs along the F/M line, making a handful of stops on the way. The subway map looked considerably different back when this train last ran. 3 train: 30 to 31 years old. The New York Subway: Its Construction and Equipment (1904) The Interborough Subway (Historic American Engineering Record) New Subways for New York: The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1913) The New York Rapid Transit Railway Extensions (1914) History of the Independent Subway New York City Transit Authority 1970s New York City Transit Authority 1980s 1st Jan, 2017. The R160 is a class of New Technology subway cars built for the New York City Subway B Division. ... NEW YORK — A line of old friends snaked their … Public reaction was priceless when our trainset rolled past Church Avenue. In the 1940s and 1950s, cartoonist Amelia Opdyke Jones created a series of informational…and sometimes preachy… public service ads for the subways. It looks like an environmental nightmare: Dumping old subway cars to rust away on the ocean floor. Things turned around when the Surgeon General’s report on smoking came out in 1964 and eventually, cigarette ads were banned on TV, radio and on subway posters. The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority, a subsidiary agency of the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Sal Pallante, 55, is trying to sell an original 1935 R6 city subway car now sitting on a Canarsie lot. It’s complicated. The authority is shuffling its fleet of trains, swapping new cars for far older models on the Q train in preparation for the launch of a … We don’t indulge in nostalgia because, when it comes down to it, the past ain’t what it’s cracked up to be, in many ways. Bettmann / Bettmann Archive Transit Police Officer Ed Provenzana and his dog named Hang On ride the subway on Dec. 15, 1980, as the city began patrolling its subway system with German shepherds. Miles of underground track shrouded in darkness, littered with abandoned stations and secret passageways — it's a common object of desire for the urban explorers among us. Needless to say the watchful lens of Forgotten NY was there. This car was built in 1932 by the American Car and Foundry company, so it's assuredly gotten some love in the past 80 years. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. A young couple look through the window of a graffiti-covered subway car in 1980. It arrived about 10 minutes ahead of its 1.03pm departure time — plenty of time for photos! It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. • 23 incredible photos by daredevil Instagrammers• The secret code cabin crew use to point out attractive passengers• The 17 cities where the world's richest people want to live. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. The interior is now gray-blue, but was likely green when it came from the factory. The C train is a good example of how old… To make a donation, please use the button below. The gentleman here in the white hat told me that he and his crew were going to a party afterward at Webster Hall, an event space/concert hall in Manhattan's East Village. R1 Car No. The New York Transit Museum boasts of a varied vintage fleet of cabs and cars, ranging from a Victorian-style subway train dating back to 1907 to a … “Out of an abundance of caution” subway bosses yanked the system's brand-new R179 cars from service as soon as they learned of problems with the cars' doors, NYC … It's rare to see them above ground now as they mostly hold down a line which stays in tunnels. While the train was stopped, people dressed in anachronistic clothing posed for photos next to the antique train cars. The authority is shuffling its fleet of trains, swapping new cars for far older models on the Q train in preparation for the launch of a … Read the original article on Business Insider UK. First, the old train cars were taken to NYC Transit’s 207th Street Overhaul Shop. The 90-year-old building housed the National Guard’s 258th Field Artillery Unit, but has been largely abandoned since 1996 and is in a terrible state of dilapidation. For a retro experience, take a ride on an old subway — really old, as in Humphrey-Bogart-in-the-1930s vintage. So was I! © 2016. The cars featured wicker seats, overhead fans, porcelain-covered straps and poles, and more spacious seating than their predecessors, the IRT Low-V (“low voltage”) and BMT Triplex cars. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. In January 2000, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced plans to transform the Kingsbridge Armory into a 475,000-square-foot urban entertainment center and sports complex. (Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit) The R32 cars — the oldest rolling stock of any major subway system on the planet — often jerk when they start and stop. Rides cost the same $2.75 that all subway rides cost, and you can take the train as many times as you'd like. Apr 30, 2018 - Oldest subway cars in New York are the R32s, the first of which entered service no less than 50 years ago. A young couple look through the window of a graffiti-covered subway car in 1980. As the placard sitting in front of the car explains, Car 8394 was a working NYC subway car built back in the early '60s. Despite the subway car being from the 1930s, advertisements in this car started erring toward the 1960s. It was late. The Shopper's Special train line runs every Sunday from 10am to 4pm, starting at the Second Avenue stop in Manhattan and completing at the Queens Plaza stop in Queens. • 23 incredible photos by daredevil Instagrammers, • The secret code cabin crew use to point out attractive passengers, • The 17 cities where the world's richest people want to live, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. A pandemic-driven supply-chain slowdown will keep the MTA from receiving the first of hundreds of new redesigned subway cars until next year, THE CITY has learned. The final car looked more like a train line than the modern subway system. Today, 2,400 cars line the ocean floor in six states from New Jersey all the way down to Georgia. These cars ran through the 1970s — some of the riders were discussing when they used to ride on these trains in New York. Today, 2,400 cars line the ocean floor in six states from New Jersey all the way down to Georgia. If Bruce Ratner’s proposed complex for the New Jersey Nets becomes a reality, the “Willie” will be dwarfed by it. They were secretaries, they wore pearls and all they wanted to do was find a husband and have kids in suburbia…or become a singer or dancer on Broadway. Age of service by subway line: 1 train: 28 to 31 years old. We think the … A set of 56-year-old subway cars will soar again along Brooklyn and Queens elevated tracks this summer, chugging to the rescue after the latest batch of … The R110B (contract order R131) was a prototype class of experimental New Technology Train (NTT) New York City Subway cars built by Bombardier of Canada for service on the B Division services. The day featured a major surprise…. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. However, several zoning and building permits are still needed, and community groups are continuing to fight to get much-needed schools included in the complex. Your Webmaster shot film for this page on February 29, 2004 and completed writing the page on March 13, 2004. The car has been overhauled since the 1930s, but its porcelain straps and bare bulbs remain. The next car was far more modern, but that's not because it was built much more recently than the other cars. 40-01 Little Neck Parkway 24A Little Neck, NY 11363. Our trainset rolled on from Stillwell Avenue into the Coney Island Yards, one of the country’s largest railroad yards; it serves as the repository and repair shop for most of NYC’s active subway cars, as well as most of its Transit Museum subway cars going back to cars built in the 1920s. https://forgotten-ny.com/2004/03/subways-the-way-they-oughtta-be-a-ride-on-early-ind-cars-from-the-19. In 1964, the New York City Transit Authority introduced the shiny, stainless-steel R32 subway car. Not a few Miss Subways favored Maidenform, not that you could tell from the posters. The New York City subway system is a marvel to take in, flaws and all, filled with a rich and vibrant history. For years, the fairest flowers of the fleet competed in the Miss Subways contest. This is not a bathroom — this is for subway operators, despite looking like some sort of nightmare prison. But money is an objectand New York City's old subway cars are free. And if you miss it, don't worry too much — the entire subway line is normally on display at the New York Transit Museum. I couldn't stop gawking at every old advert. 8275, 8394, 8397, 8401, 8408 Several R-30 cars went west to Hollywood where they were used in the films Die Hard with a Vengeance, Blade, and Money Train. It takes place on September 17 every year and serves to commemorate the signing of the US Constitution (on September 17, 1787). @2019 - Forgotten New York. Delivery of an initial batch of test cars … Rare photos of dangerous New York City’s subway system, 1970-1980 During the late 70’s and early 80’s, New York City’s subway system was one of the most dangerous places a person could be. These cars were temporarily in actual revenue service this day! Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. The next car was even older, from 1930, also built by American Car and Foundry. nycsubway.org has a comprehensive overview of the Coney Island complex, including hundreds of photographs. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? In 1940, the subways were combined under control of NYC, and maps produced after that pictured the entire system. Opened in 1904, the New York City Subway is one of the world's oldest public transit systems, one of the most-used, and the one with the most stations. Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum IRT Worlds Fair subway car, August 1946 8/27 Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Collection Borough Hall station, 1948 Nearly 100 years later, and the New York subway is still running ads for New Yorkers (and tourists!) These cars first made their appearance in … Thank you to all our donors that continue to support Forgotten NY. Natural light is the new trend and will also be used in Santiago Calatrava’s new PATH station on Church Street. UPDATE: A spokesman for the MTA tells us, "The subway cars appear to be old R30s from the BMT lines, done up to look like newer models. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. One of its most intriguing components of its past is the evolution of its subway cars. Third Rail history of Brooklyn’s West End line (today’s D train). The gleaming new R179 subway cars, which started going into service two years ago this week and cost nearly $2 million each, failed an average of every 127,374 miles, between March and October. Over 2,500 New York subway cars have been used to create an underwater reef for crustaceans and fish in the Atlantic. Many stations of the New York City subway system have fallen into disuse or have been abandoned, no longer used by the Transit Authority for their original purpose: serving passengers. The R160s are very similar to the R143s, but the two-car types cannot run together in the same train. New York Transit Museum: Old Subway Cars - See 959 traveller reviews, 586 candid photos, and great deals for Brooklyn, NY, at Tripadvisor. The cars are near-perfectly restored, from the metal “straps” to hold onto, to the yellow-orange seats. Entering service between 2006 and 2010, they replaced all R38, R40/A, and NYCT -operated R44 cars, and most R32 and R42 cars. In the 50s, wicker seats gave way to red cushion seating that did nothing to discourage vandals, bringing on the era of plastic benching. Civil Defense was the 1940s version of Homeland Security and was a product of the Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950, after the USSR tested its first nuclear device in 1949. Reconstruction of the West 8th Street station. 100 Years of New York City's Subway Cars (Part 3/3) - YouTube This car, #1575, was involved in an accident in 1946 and was refitted to look like the then-new R10 series, and re-entered service in 1947. The New York Subway: Its Construction and Equipment (1904) The Interborough Subway (Historic American Engineering Record) New Subways for New York: The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1913) The New York Rapid Transit Railway Extensions (1914) History of the Independent Subway New York City Transit Authority 1970s New York City Transit Authority 1980s In 1949, Vera-Ellen played Miss Subways (Miss Turnstiles in the movie) in Leonard Bernstein, Stanley Donen, Jerome Robbins and Gene Kelly’s On The Town. No air conditioning, no vaccines, women covering up down to their ankles at the beach.