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Re: (Belated) Requiem for the R-44

Posted by randyo on Mon Jul 23 15:01:05 2012, in response to Re: (Belated) Requiem for the R-44, posted by MainR3664 on Mon Jul 23 08:22:32 2012.

When the R-36s first arrived, there was a newspaper article that indicated that it would have been nice if their paint scheme were applied to the entire NYCTA car fleet. That may have been why it was done on the R-10s which at the time were the oldest SMEEs on the system. While the repaint program was underway, the MTA was created which took over NYCTA's operation and rather than continue with the racing stripe scheme as it was, the TA embarked on a "temporary" program of painting the rest of the fleet R-29 red until the MTA unveiled its silver with a blue stripe scheme in an attempt to make the LAHT fleet look sort of like the R-42s and later R-44s and 46s. Unfortunately, then graffiti epidemic interfered with that program and ultimately the MTA removed all color from the stainless steel cars and opted to paint the LAHT cars fox red. IMHO, rather than either the red or faux stainless steel scheme, a variant of the later half and half paint scheme of the R-10s but utilizing a darker blue sort of like MTA bus, would have been more appropriate.

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