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

Posted by murray1575 on Thu Dec 7 12:31:01 2017, in response to Re: Nighttime Shot of 3rd Ave El at 67th Street (1953), posted by JOE @ NYCMTS - NYCTMG on Fri Dec 1 08:38:29 2017.

Thanks for this account of the work done to the Q cars to make them compatible with IRT elevated lines. However there were many more Composite cars made than Q car conversions from gate cars. So not all of the Composite cars had to be retired to provide enough motor trucks for the "more modern" Q cars. However the labor intensive manual doors and their age plus reduced car requirements due to the demise of the elevated lines told against their continued use. There was one other modification made to the Q cars when they were sent to the Third Avenue line. Their classification lights were moved from the outer corners of the roof to above the end door IRT-style so that they would clear the platform canopies of the stations. The other modifications to the Q cars (lowering of the clerestory roofs and installation of fans) were not done until after they were sent back to the BMT to replace the gate cars on the Myrtle Ave. line.

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