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Re: *VIDEO*: Last Runs of the R32 - ALL R32s now held Out of Service

Posted by randyo on Thu Apr 9 17:34:26 2020, in response to Re: *VIDEO*: Last Runs of the R32 - ALL R32s now held Out of Service, posted by VictorM on Thu Apr 9 11:28:33 2020.

I wholeheartedly disagree. In 1969/70 I was a vacation relief M/M and had a chance to operate everything that ran on the NYCTS from the Qs up to the R-42s and even the Lo-Vs. While I preferred the prewar equipment over the newer rolling stock I found the R-32s to be the best accelerating and braking of all the SMEEs and definitely smoother and superior to anything that came later from the 38s up to the 42s. The R-38s were definitely the worst braking of the newer cars and especially difficult to graduate to a final smooth stop. The cars would either roll too far or else make a hard stop with even the slightest movement of the brake valve. One of theM/M breaking me in on them described them as having a "10 foot roll."

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