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are really 5 different car contracts (R-26,R-28,R-29,R-33,R-36), that
were just painted morion-red in the 1980s to show that the MTA was
trying to crack down on graffiti. All cars are perminitly coupled
into two car sets except for 39 R-36s (WF#9306-9345) that are used for
the extra car on the 11 car 7
line. The R-33 and R-36 cars include two different types of cars in
each contract: Main Line, or Wold's Fair. The cars were rebuilt in the
1980s by various companies including
the MTA, this is when they received air-conditioning. An interesting
fact about the singles that they were never Re-built and never got air
conditioned meaning that the 7 ran 10 car trains in the summer. The original color skeams varied a lot. There
carreers ended between 2001-2003 and were replaced by the R-142s (Some
lines recieved R-62(As) in a suffle of cars on each line). 1110
redbirds to date were buried or reefed at sea off the states of
Delaware, South Carolina, Verginia and New Jeresy into the Atlantic
Ocean at various sites to create a haven for marine life.
The cars couldn't be scrapped do to asbestos problems. A few remain for
preservation purposes or have been converted to work cars. They have
operated on various fan trips.
The interior of the cars have gray plastic seats, and side doors on each side, the cars also have metal straps and were the last trains you could be a 'straphanger' on, that were not stainless steal. They represent an old era of the subway. All cars are railfannable with a front window anyone can look out of. I find the cars sometimes to have too many large vertical poles in the inside. The cars (except for the singles) have one motormen's half-width cab on one end, on the other there is a conductor only half-width cab. The fronts of the cars above the door have the route on the left and destination on the right.
Trips operated on that I went on:
A Redbird Ramble on 21 December, 2003 to benefit the March of Dimes
Redbirds and the Museum Cars (SMEE) in revenue service on the 7 on 18 June, 2004
Last Updated: 21 August, 2004
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