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Mixed Trains on the IRT - When Did it Start?

Posted by Bzuck on Sat Nov 16 16:21:05 2019, in response to Re: 1/3/D lines running the same car class(es) for 30+years, posted by Steve B-8AVEXP on Sat Nov 16 10:10:14 2019.

I have a question regarding mixing trains on the mainline. When did it start? The first mainline new cars were the R17 which initially must have run in solid trains on the #6. The next set of new mainline equipment was the R21/22 which initially ran on the west side. Again they must have been in solid trains back than. Than the married pairs came R26/28/29/33. When they came on line in the early 60ís were they mixed with the R17/21/22, or did they run separately? I know when the R12/14/15 came to the mainline they had to be mixed since they couldn't be used in the conductor position. Is that when the mixing started, or was it earlier?

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