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1957: the trains you could see on every line

Posted by SLRT on Sat Jun 20 15:47:28 2020

I started railfannning on my own in the last week of October 1956 on the Church Avenue trolley.

I started riding on the subway soon after with my 50c bus pass.

I expected to see the following equipment on each line (BMT and IND only)

IND
R1/9 on every line but the A.
R10 - A Line

BMT
1 - Brighton Express - D Types
1 - Brighton Nassau - Standards
1 - Brighton Local - Standards
2 - Fourth Avenue Local - Standards
3 - West End Express - Standards
3 - West End Short Line - Standards
4 - Sea Beach Line - D-Types
5 - Culver - SIRT cars, rarely a Standard
7 - Franklin (all variants) Standards
10 - Myrtle-Chambers (MS)
11 - Myrtle El - 1300 BUs only
14 - Broadway Short Line - Standards -occasionally an R16
15 - Jamaica Line - R16s
16 - 14th Street Line - Standards, maybe an R-16 on the weekend.

I know someone is going to say "I remember that I saw blah blah blah in that time frame" but this was a time of intense riding for me and the variants were pretty rare.

Sorry I can't help with the IRT - I didn't know a Low-V from a Hi-V. But I do remember R12-14-15 on the Flushing Line.




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