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Re: Railfan windows return to the 7

Posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Mon Jul 16 19:20:13 2012, in response to Re: Railfan windows return to the 7, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat Jul 14 18:57:07 2012.

When the cars were built, I doubt if it ever entered into the minds of any MTA/NYCT suit that one day the cabs would be converted into transverse ones.

I think it did, or otherwise they wouldn't have built it with precisely that in mind. I had a long winded verbal explanation but I think this picture is worth all those words:
From NYCSubway.org:
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This is essentially the same wall you see here:

I have seen cars with the small rectangular panel removed, it is the locking mechanism. Also, the ad panel obscures the giant hole that allows access to the window when it's in half-width mode, you can see this looking inside any 62/A cab.

That wall is basically a door. You can see the hinges on all R62/As. The vertical pole it locks into can be installed at either end of any R62/62A where the metal panel with two holes is (look at the ceiling at the very top of the picture):
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Unless this is one hell of a coincidence, it looks like they designed them to be converted to transverse from the start.

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