on Thu Jul 4 10:04:44 2019, in response to Re: [PHOTOS] Re: Elkeeper's Almanac for July 3rd., posted by Elkeeper on Wed Jul 3 16:10:40 2019.
Actually, at the time 998 was built, that was state of the art for rapid transit design. However, at the time standard railroad coaches were being built to larger dimensions which the new dual contract subways were being built to accommodate. With this in mind, rather that restrict itself to the standard sized car of the period as used by the H&M and IRT, the opted to design what it perceived to be the largest car that would fit into its new subways hence the 67 ft steel. Had the BRT opted to remain with the smaller 998 sized, car the shape of NY’s transit system might have been a bit different. It certainly would have made joint operation of the Astoria and Flushing lines a lot easier.