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R33/R36 Discussions

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The old Redbirds. A favorite of many subway fans. A favorite of mine. Even though the R26s, R328s, R29s, R33s and R36s were all considered Redbirds, we'll discuss the R33s.

 

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Photo by: Mario Tama

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Car: R33/R36

Manufacturer: St. Louis Car

Year: 1962-63

Division: A (IRT)

Car Numbers: 8806-9305/9306-9345

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Great cars with too little life span. I believe they were built to last about 35 years which is pretty good but should have been longer.

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I believe they were built to last about 35 years which is pretty good but should have been longer.

 

They lasted how ever long they (R33s) did because of the over hauls that they were put thru. Otherwise they would have spent much less time than that in service.

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The redbirds are probably the most famous nyc subway cars of all time. Recongizialbe by everyone around the country. Not the most reliable but the most famous.

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yeah...i dunno what it is..the paint scheme? personally i thought they were cool since the age of like..3, when i would ride them everyday with my parents..cant remember for what lol but point being, they are indeed cool cars

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R36 World's Fair cars, with the LCL and EXP indicators at both ends of the cars along with end signs, now those were the best.

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Car #s 8806-9075 ,which were part of the (5) fleet for many years, were the best IRT cars I've ever operated. Especially after the overhaul. We say that train operators run the R62 and up cars but real motormen run the older equipment like the 33's and 36's. The new jacks can't handle them. I could tell by the way the operator made a station stop on a redbird if it was a motorman or train operator in the cab. Smooth stops on a redbird usually meant an experienced person was in the cab. When the R62/62A cars came online they were designed so that anyone could make a smooth stop. The old time motor instructors said that the newer trains were " dumbed down " so that there would be less complaints about hard stops or trains bucking while starting or stopping. They were right.

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the redbirds are not the best.

the R62/R62A are better then those redbirds.

 

by popular vote?...hmm lemme see...this looks like a time for a new thread...

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I wish they were still around.

 

Me too. I loved those trains. Those trains could tear up some track, especially as an express. There'll never be another set of subway cars like them ever again.

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Oh Shut up, The redbirds among the best just like the R32's so you need to keep it shut bellyfag.

 

lmao!

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Oh Shut up, The redbirds among the best just like the R32's so you need to keep it shut bellyfag.

 

You shut up,The redbirds and R32 are not the best and you don't know everything so you need to shut up R32fag.

 

You always don't tell the truth anyway.

 

Guys, this name calling makes you seem immature. This is supposed to be a civilized forum. Cut it out.

 

And 3838 is stating his opinion, Bellyshirt. He has a right to his, and you have a right to yours. You can't say he's not telling the truth because it's not a statement of fact.

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