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Re: March 31, 1977 - The Last R-1/9 Run In Service

Posted by Steve B-8AVEXP on Thu Apr 5 21:18:50 2012, in response to Re: March 31, 1977 - The Last R-1/9 Run In Service, posted by Edwards! on Mon Apr 2 21:22:55 2012.

My first R-10 ride was in July of 1967. My mother and I spent the day in the city and essentially railfanned the whole day except for a tour of NBC Studios, where we caught a glimpse of a Match Game episode being taped. I don't remember where we boarded (it might have been at 42nd St., since came into PABT by bus), but we stayed on it to Broadway Junction. One thing I do remember was noticing for the first time that we were blowing past a local stop, which would have been either 23rd or Spring St. I even exclaimed to my mother, "We're skipping this stop!" It took a while longer for the four-track express-local concept to sink in, but by October of that year, I had it down pat. At Broadway Junction, we changed for the Larry and it was there that I got my first glimpse of the BMT standards (not to mention R-32 TT trains layed up in ENY Yard). My first reaction? What century were they from? Old, ugly, no signs up front, only three sets of doors per side for a car that big - what's going on here? We boarded a Larry and rode it all the way to 8th Ave., then backtracked to Union Square. I also remember going as far as DeKalb Ave. on a Norton or possibly a Queasy, then headed back to Manhattan on a Norton across the north side tracks. I noticed the Myrtle Ave. station, which was still lit then, and a gentleman pointed out that it was closed.

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