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Farewell To The R-10: October 29, 1989
Posted by William A. Padron on Mon Oct 29 10:28:30 2007I can remember it as though it was just yesterday...but it happened eighteen years ago on this date of Sunday, October 29, 1989. The eight-car consist, #3018-3203-3182-2974*-3143-3045-3145-3216, left 59th Street-Columbus Circle at 10:10am EST, and the fantrip excursion ended at Chambers Street-WTC at 7:40pm EST.
There was plenty of mileage and routes covered on this 9-hour plus tour, which included going on the Franklin Avenue Shuttle, the Archer Avenue routes (both levels) and an unscheduled, but surprise visit to the just opened 63rd Street Extension line. There was a 40 minute lunch stop at Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue, and the conductor on this farewell fantrip was the late Alan Bromberger himself.
R-10 #3018, Avenue P, IND "F" Line.
R-10 #3018, Park Place, BMT Franklin Avenue Shuttle.
R-10 #3216, Crescent Street, BMT "J" Line.
R-10 #3018, Roosevelt Island, IND 63rd Street Line.
In case anyone wonders, I was the 4th customer to purchase at a ticket for this R-10 fantrip. In regards to #2974 (*), where inside I did ride with my former Pace University colleague Elsie Diaz Walters originally on August 4, 1987 on the "C", I was actually thinking about her a lot, particularly when the train was rolling going eastbound inside the 63rd Street Line. I must have sense her *spirit* was somehow inside #2974 during the excursion on that infamous day.
-William A. Padron
["St. Jean Baptiste High School"]