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Re: R42 (A) Train + R42 Retirement Ceremonial Run

Posted by zac on Sat Feb 15 03:58:03 2020, in response to Re: R42 (A) Train + R42 Retirement Ceremonial Run, posted by R46 5636 on Sat Feb 15 00:48:02 2020.

For one thing, they didn't contain all of the letters. There were groupings such as A, AA, B on one curtain, maybe they each had a black S on a white background too.

A, AA, B
CC, D
EE, GG, N (not sure on the GG)
E,F
JJ, KK, LL
QB, QJ, M (maybe M added later after the QJ/M switch?)
RJ, RR

Generally by yard, although not entirely. But you can see what would happen here, once a car is assigned you can't run it on another line and still have signs for it. Which of course is what happened as the subways deteriorated in the 70s. Any car that was operable was put into any train that was needed. This was true of the R40 through R46.

I went through the nycsubway.org site to see which cars were originally assigned, but I didn't save what I found. Just look at these cars in pictures from 1969 through like 1973 and you'll see the original assignments by numbers.

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