Debating whether or not to go to this on 10am Sunday since it will hopefully be less crowded this weekend than later on, but who knows. Was thinking of going up and back, but the crowds may be too much.

Looks like people already youtube'd this a few years ago, so I'll probably just go sit for the ride and not take too many photos or video. If only this came up to the UES again, that would have been way more convenient for me, lol.

The only thing I'm unsure of is what cars are in the train, but I assume its all the same cars in the video since they all still have pre-war systems in them. I'm guessing its mostly R1's thru R9's (though if I read right, the R7 was rebuilt visually into an R10, which is the grey oddity in the consist)...or generally this list on wiki:

More on the rides:


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Here's my report from Dec 1's debut trip uptown and down. It was a lot less crowded than I thought it would be and didn't realize they left the doors open between cars, so I went through all of them.  I link to many videos and other references. And I didn't learn who DJ Hammers was until after I rode this train. Oh well. Was gonna ask him why conductors are forced to point that those striped boards in the middle of the platform and what happens if they don't. Makes no sense.


The lever near the pole, on the left, opens and closes the clerestory vent panels from that point forward  (to the left).  Too open, the panel end facing the car end opens outward slightly to let fresh air come in as the car moves along. Rear facing  open panels let air escape, thereby providing ventilation in the car.   A device from before air conditioning, to be sure. 

There should be three others like it in the car, to operate vent panels to the rear (right, in the photo, as well as two levers for the clerestory vent panels on the opposite side.

Each lever moves a longitudinal rod above it that is attached each vent panel for that quarter of the clerestory.

Car 100?   BMT had this car numbered 100, a "Standard" that was rewired and modernized with a number of new features in 1960.  My guess for the 100 in your photo,  it was an IND car.

S. Islander



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Thanks SI.  That makes sense. I don't know a lot about the heritage of these older cars.

From https://www.nytransitmuseum.or...tions/vintage-fleet/

Car 100 is was made by ACF for the BMT. Pretty sure this was not an IND car.


Manufacturer: American Car and Foundry Company (Berwick, Pennsylvania), 1930
Service: 1931-1970
Routes:  BMT Sea Beach line (N), 1931; IND Eighth Avenue lines (A,C,E), Sixth Avenue lines (B,D,F), and Crosstown line (G), 1932-1970

When the Independent Subway System (IND) opened its Eighth Avenue line in 1932, newly designed rolling stock went into service.  The series was called R-1 because the cars were ordered under contract R-1, or Revenue Contract 1, and all subsequent cars ordered by the city were given an “R” designation followed by a series number.  Car 100 was the first of the 300 cars in the R-1 series to be delivered to New York City.

The R-1 car combined the best feature of IRT cars (speed) with the best of the BMT (large passenger capacity).  The R-1 cars’ most notable innovation was the 4 sets of double doors on each side to allow for faster loading and unloading of passengers.  Devices making it impossible for passengers to hold doors open were also new and expected to further cut loading time and reduce passenger injuries.  Each 60-foot-long car contained 60 seats in a mixed pattern of cross and lengthwise seating, and room for a total of 280 passengers.  Cars built for the IND throughout the 1930s (R-1 through R-9) retained the same basic design and mechanical systems.

The R-1’s riveted shell and utilitarian green paint epitomized the somber, industrial look of the Depression years.  Yet the train also inspired a classic swing number, composer Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train.”


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