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Re: Nighttime Shot of 3rd Ave El at 67th Street (1953)

Posted by JOE @ NYCMTS - NYCTMG on Tue Dec 5 00:17:33 2017, in response to Re: Nighttime Shot of 3rd Ave El at 67th Street (1953), posted by Elkeeper on Mon Dec 4 16:57:09 2017.

Hello ELKeeper

in the past 5 decades or so, I haven't seen any concise listing of each and every Composite car and its disposition and why and when it was disposed of.

However, what is known is that 500 Composite Cars were built between 1902-03, and by 1916 when they were being modified for and transferred to the two east side Manhattan El lines as Express Service trains, by then 23 Composites were already damaged or destroyed by fires and accidents, wrecks.

68 Composites were also scrapped in 1938 -- likely those in damaged or poor condition and likely stripped for usable parts for still operating composite cars in that fleet. This likely was due to the surplus of Gate and MUDC EL cars used to service the late 1937 closed 6th Avenue EL, to replace these 68 Composites.

During the start of WWII immediately after the FULL closing in mid 1942 of the 2nd Ave EL, many Composites were sold to the US Government (War Board) for use being towed by Electric locos to war production based factories and plants.

After WWII ended in August 1945, and by Sept. 1946 there were 159 Composites remaining, more than enough (22 seven-car trains) to service the express train needs on the remaining 3rd Ave EL.

That is what is known.

Regards - Joe F

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