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[PHOTOS] Odd Ball NYC Subway Cars

Posted by Bill Newkirk on Thu Mar 1 09:40:29 2018

Not a comprehensive study, but a sampling of some unusual cars over the years.

The R-68's we all know today as the 75 ft behemoths were originally the contract to rebuild the R-16 fleet.
That idea fell through and what we see today is what we now have.
At the 207th St. Open House of September 1979, the public got to see the rebuilding project for themselves.
The second R-16 (#6392) is possibly being stripped for the second unit.

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Here's what the interior looked like. Very R-44/46. June 16, 1981 (Glenn Smith)

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An exterior view of the rebuild. very R-42 looking. No pantograph gate probably meant bologna springs were to be used.
End cab window and windshield sealed, possibly a married pair ? Pay close attention to the R-17 #6621 (silver paint). It's in the next picture.

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This was the mock up for the R-62, R-17 #6621 the donor. I guess thhey were testing what kind of interior they would eventually use.
Not sure if this was on public display or not. June 16, 1981 (Glenn Smith)
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Was #G236 the first jet powered Lo-V ? lol
Anyone know the purpose of this unusual car ? (Don Harold undated photo)

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Sperry Rail Service #140 looks much like a NYC subway car, but, it never saw service because it never was a NYC subway car. Built on the spare car body from the R-33 contract, SRS #140 examined rails just about everywhere but the NYC subway system. I was told height restrictions prevented it from being used here. After this 1966 photo, the car was modified even further. Here, it looks very IRT. SRS #140 was retired and now resides in a railroad museum in Australia. Bob Dunnett - November 1966 photo - CNJ Raritan, NJ yard.
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Reposing in the NY Cross Harbor yard in Brooklyn, #XC-875 awaits the journey to NJ for scrapping.
I was told this was constructed from an R-12/14 car body to test clearances for a new longer IRT fleet.
Can anyone confirm this ? May 1985 - Newkirk Images LLC

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