The Lexington Ave line of the NYC Subway is called "The Bullet" by riders who know this route! The #4 and 5 trains easily do 60+ MPH heading up (or down) the express track.

The 14th street station is located on a curve so there is a specially made moving platform to close the gap between the train and the station platform. As the train leaves, it retracts. This system has been used for DECADES in our system! I made this film clip yesterday during my trip to Manhattan for an appointment. 

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New York City Subway - Moving Platform at 14th Street - IRT Lexington Avenue Line 4, 5 & 6 Trains
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60MPH doesn't happen anywhere in the NYC subway system. It only looks like that on the Lexington Ave express because the tunnels are so tight. Top speeds on that line flirt with but don't quite reach 50. I've seen R32 cars reach 56 going downhill in the river tunnel on the N/R/W from 59th street to Queens Plaza.

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Even on the D train dash from 59th to 125th street during non rush likely don't get much north of 45-50 (based strictly on my impression, no inside knowledge). I remember reading that the modern equipment could theoretically go faster than 60mph, but  I doubt they ever in normal service get near that, for a number of reasons (actually interesting question, maybe  one of those with knowledge know, do they have any kind of governor on subway cars to keep them from going above a certain speed? Not talking the track tripper system/speed control, I mean the top end, like they have on many cars to keep them within the speed rating of the tires. 

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There are governors on all the equipment  The R46 did 65 on the flats to Rockaway when they were doing trial testing  That never happens anymore because of the governors.   The absolute fastest I have gone is in the river tubes  Its there that the downhills propel you Top speed was 56 in an R160.  The R68's do about 53-55 in the river tubes otherwise they feel like you have to get out and push them..  The R46 on the flats to Rockaway now will do about 52   The D train southbound from 34 to west 4th reaches 52 only because its a downgrade.  The R32's may feel like they are doing 56 but there is no way it does that  If it did it would sound like its falling apart

RailRide posted:

60MPH doesn't happen anywhere in the NYC subway system. It only looks like that on the Lexington Ave express because the tunnels are so tight. Top speeds on that line flirt with but don't quite reach 50. I've seen R32 cars reach 56 going downhill in the river tunnel on the N/R/W from 59th street to Queens Plaza.

---PCJ

My wife and I traveled this train a million times when we worked in Manhattan. Everyone called this train "The Bullet". At times it seemed like it was doing 100 and would fall apart at any second! There were times I literally was becoming concerned! LOL!

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bluelinec4 posted:

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Neat picture, though they didn't do that speed on that part of the line, that's for sure! (that is the rockaway line, no? Looks like the broad channel draw bridge).  Were those the infamous units that used to catch fire (the R44) or was that the R46?

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As a child in NYC I saw these moving platforms on the IRT at the south ferry/ battery park station. The subway cars would be on this sharp curve and leaning to the inside. There was a lot of squealing and resistance  noise. Memorably exciting as the trains would make the great turn to go back uptown.

 

bluelinec4 posted:

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Between Woodside and Jamaica would seem like a good straight line for high speed testing, but it's not a subway line.  Are LIRR and BMT/IND third rail systems compatible ?  If they are it would make sense to do speed tests on the six track LIRR line where you don't have to worry about the speed limitations inherent in the subway signal system.  That photo of course could have nothing to do with the high speed test.  It's just  another train on the Rockaway line (formerly LIRR until 1950, reopened as subway in 1956).

This was posted by the transit museum.  Yes that is the broad channel bridge.  Yes this isn’t where the test was done they are just showing you an r44.  Yes the r44 was junk but they still run on Staten Island.  Yes broad channel bridge is not the Long Island railroad anymore.  Yes the third rails are compatible

fisherdoc posted:

The 14th street station is located on a curve so there is a specially made moving platform to close the gap between the train and the station platform. As the train leaves, it retracts. This system has been used for DECADES in our system! I made this film clip yesterday during my trip to Manhattan for an appointment. 

This moving platform has probably been there for at least 60-70 years. I remember it from the late '60's and it was old then. Works great, however.

Necessitated as this is a rare curved station platform. Very neat. I wonder if anyone modeled it?

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