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First time you rode the R142/143/160

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Do you remember the first time you rode an R142/143/160?

 

Well i remember the first time i rode an R142. I was going to penn station to ride amtrak so i get on my greatbird (2) train it was a great ride as usual. And then the C/R took the train out of service at chambers st i guess it was running light to 207 st to get reefed the train didnt break down or anything. So everybody gets off the train and the train leaves. So i just get on an R62A (1) train that pull in on the local track. So as im riding R62A (1) train we leave a local stop going to 14th street. And then this silver shiny train with bright lights blast past us on the express tracks. I got really hyped as we came into 14st at the same time then i said to my parents LOOK THE NEW (2) TRAIN!!! I did not know it was called the R142 at the time so i jumped off the (1) train that i was riding. And went on the "new (2) train" even though i only rode it one stop it was a great ride. That when the R142s were actully good cars not the POS they are today with broken heat A/C broken HAVC units and exteme bucking when leaving the station.

 

I dont even remember the first time i rode an R143 LOL

 

The first time i rode an R160 was on the (N) line. I was expecting it to come i take the (Q) train to stillwell ave i JUST miss an R40 slant (N) train. I was mad because i wanted a railfan window ride LOL. And then as im sitting in the station waiting for an (N) train to come. I see this shiny sliver train coming into the station and i say to myself R160!!!!. Once i went inside of it had that new car smell and it was really clean and it was an great ride.

 

First time i rode the seimens R160 i didnt expect it to come. I was acully waiting for an R32 (F) train to come. And then as im waiting i hear the popusion sound then i say to myself seimens train. So i went to the (N) line platform i got on it. Funny thing is the atsom onix R160 broke down across the platform. So everybody off the other R160 came on to the siemens train. And it left it was kinda boring because you cant hear the sound anyway when you are riding inside the train.

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I think I first rode on the R142s in 2002, probably February, first time I rode the IRT (with the exception of the (7) line) after 9/11 and it was cool riding it on the (2). I went from 96th Street to 14th Street. Great ride.

 

I first rode the R143s in the summer of 2002. That was fun.

 

And then I first rode the R160 when the R160A was on the (A) October 2006. Then I first rode the R160B in November when it entered service on the (N) again.

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I think I first rode on the R142s in 2002, probably February, first time I rode the IRT (with the exception of the (7) line) after 9/11 and it was cool riding it on the (2). I went from 96th Street to 14th Street. Great ride.

 

I first rode the R143s in the summer of 2002. That was fun.

 

And then I first rode the R160 when the R160A was on the (A) October 2006. Then I first rode the R160B in November when it entered service on the (N) again.

 

Same here, it was a cold month during those R160A (A) rides, I kinda timed it myself of their arrivals, always arrived at hoyt street at 10:12am going far rock bound.

 

As for the (N) train, since I heard that the 160Bs are out and running during their testing phase was completed, I decided to hunt for one of the 2 running sets, only to find the 160A set arriving to my platform. What sucks (to me) is that I never rode the actual lashup of 8713-8722, only when the 5 car sets were mixed in with other 5 car sets.

 

Now with the 142 sets, my first ride was on the (6). This was during the time where the redbird series and R62A cars still roamed the line. My mom owned a candy store at 83th and lex so we took the (6) to 86th and lex. Automated announcements scared me at the time cause it was so clear, like crystal clear ! The ride was smooth and the trip was really....really quick

 

Now for the other 142s. Rode them on the (5) to Fulton street back in 2002 with my sister. I LOVED the propulsion cause it sounded so awesome to me.

 

the 143s......i dont remember lol

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First time on an R142 was on Lexington Ave at 86th St. right around 2001/2002, IIRC...

 

First time on the R143 was on the (M)ikey Shuttle early last year, I don't usually end up on the (L)arry and when I did I got R42's mostly, until the summer then I started taking it more but by then I'd already ridden that R143.

 

First time on the R160 was a (N)ovember early last year too. And I rode one of the R160B Siemens sets (8883 was the car I rode) back in the fall, also on the (N)

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First R142....dont remember....I'm not a big IRT fan. The R143, however, is a different story. It was in November of 2004, I only took it one stop, from Union Square to 3rd Ave...but it was great.

 

In December of 06 I was at Herald Square, I had to take a Downtown train, but before I went downstairs, I saw the R160 (N) to Astoria pullin in....it was beautiful..So I hopped on for one stop..I really needed to get home. The next month, again at Herald Square, going home on a Sat night I was waiting for a CI (Q)..but there she was, a 160 (N)...I hopped on, rode to Stillwell....and was lucky enough to get some good photos on my phone....although I dont think I still have them....I loved it.....it was all so new to me

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It was in 2002. That ride on the R142 (not A at this time) on the 6 line, actually got me interested in the NYC subway, which I had no past interest in. I was a MNRR fan before this time. That is who I wanted to work for. I started searching the CPU for the new train I rode on, and came across the mta.info site, and seen the Train Operator exam. I decided to take that, just to hopefully get to one day operate the new trains. I got on the train to go to the PABT, to get Peter Pan to Philly, to go to ABC Bus Company in Camden, N.J. (across Ben Franklin bridge from Philly). I had to pick-up a bus (94) for Campus Coach. That day was the day I decided to get out of the bus/coach world and forget MNRR (which is heck to get in to anyway). NYC subway here I come, eventually.

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The first time I rode a R 142A was during the 30 Day test on the (6x) Line. My dad was one of the hand picked T/O's to run the train and got to ride the train with my dad operating it. The lead car was 7220. That was back in 2000. I also rode a R 142 on the (2) during the test rode it for a round trip from Times Sq to E 241 St.

The first time I rode a R 143 on the (L) was the winter of 2004 rode it between Union Sq to Canarcie. The first time on a R 160B was a (N) From Times SQ to Astoria I was reporting for a (W) Job. The other R160 I didn't get to ride it first but operated it 8316 on the (Z) from Bway Jct to Broad St.

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It was the Summer of 2001. I always tried catching the 142a (6), but always caught a redbird. Finally, I got to ride the new (6) from Grand Central to Brooklyn Br for a transfer to the (4)/(5) to Bowling Green. First time for the R143 (L) had to be shortly after they were introduced.. Rode it in Manhattan Only between Union Square and Chelsea-14 St / 8 Av. The first R160, was in May 2007 on the (N). **However, I attended the R160 Open House in November 2005, held at the Hoyt Schermerhorn (A)(C)(G) Station.** I even made the newspaper; 'The Chief':

 

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my first ride on a R142A was on the 6 line, i was getting on at 77th Street and then i hear a train coming in, and its a new train!! so i got in, it was all nice and awesome (i remember it was very crowded though)

 

my first ride on a R143 was on the L line, i took it from 8th Avenue to 1st Avenue, by the time i had my first ride on the R143 the line was mostly 143's anyway, but on the way back from 1st Avenue i was lucky enough to catch the R42

 

my first ride on a 160 was on February 22,2006 on the N line. i was lucky since at the time there was only 1 R160 train on the N line, and i was lucky enough to catch the 11:48 @ canal street. so i was lucky that day, and yes it was very nice and awesome but there was this crazy guy sitting across from me stinking up the whole train and heaven knows what the f he was doing lol

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The first time I rode an R142 was a while ago... the first time I was in the city, but I don't remember when that was.

 

The first time I rode an R160 was on Dec 27, 2007 on the (N). Great ride, but I transferred at QB plaza for a (7) with a RFW.

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My first R142 was on the (2) or the (5) (I can't remember now) from 42nd Street to Simpson Street. I think it was in May 2001.

 

My first R143 was in late August 2006, on the (L).

 

My first R160 was in December 2007, on the (N).

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I know this is waaaaay of subject, but what is the difference between IRT, BMT, and IND?

 

Here's the super condensed version...

 

IRT = Interborough Rapid Transit Company

BMT = Brooklyn Manhattan Transportation Company

IND = Independent Subway (city owned)

 

The IRT built the first subway in Manhattan - the original line ran down the west side / 7th ave line, turned east at 42nd, and ran down the east side of Manhattan - the 42nd St. shuttle is actually part of this original line. Meanwhile, the BMT was the successor to the BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company) after it went bankrupt. The BRT operated subways and els in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and the IRT had expanded by 1913, the period of the Dual Contracts. The Dual contracts were contracts between the city and the two operators (then BRT and IRT) for expansion, so the "difference" started early among lines depending on who built the line, plus the car specifications were different - BRT cars were wider. Soon after, the BRT went bankrupt, was taken over and restored to being viable, and became the BMT. Expansion continued under the dual contracts. Then, because of overcrowding, plans went out in the 1920's for a city owned line (the Independent subway or IND). The IND opened in 1932, built according to similar car specs as the BMT. By 1940, the city had taken over the BMT and IRT, so it now operated all three - BMT, IND, IRT. However, the lines are still referenced frequently by their origins as you can see here: http://www.nycsubway.org/lines/

 

Because of the difference in car specifications (again BMT and IND cars are wider), and the popularity of letter/number route designations (it wasn't always that way) the designations have been used less often, though they are still referenced. Now the "A" Division is the IRT lines - platforms are closer to the track here to accomodate the narrower cars, and the "B" Division is the IND/BMT lines. You may occasionally hear about a "C" division - that is work trains, but operates over both A and B division trackage.

 

Also the narrower cars are why B Division cars aren't kept around for work service in C division when they're retired from revenue service. B Division cars can't squeak by an A division platform. A division cars can stop at B division platforms, but there is a huge gap when they do, hence why they're never used in service on the B division. So keeping A divison cars in work service means they can go anywhere in the system no problems

 

hope that helps...it's basic, but I'm sure you can read more on wikipedia or nycsubway dot org if you're interested...

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My first time on an R142(A in this case) was back in 2003 when I rode the (6) train for the first time. I had to take the train from Grand Central to Middletown Rd, and I thought the train was really cool. For some reaons I thought it had blue lights or something, and since I was like 8 years old at the time mitating the propulsion sound was a must.

 

My first time on an R143 was back in November when I decided to railfan on the (L). My first ride on the (L) though was on an R160A (8364-8362-8362-8361-8345-8346-8347-8348), but I got off at Myrtle Wyckoff where it terminated and got on an R143 (lead car 8244).

 

My first time on an R160 was back in December 2006 when one came on the southbound side of Lexingotn Avenue and 59th on the (N). I decided to get on, take it to Times Square, and take the (7) to 74th to get home.

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First time on a R142, when I took the (4) or (5) cant remember, It was a nice fast ride, but it was horribly crowded I got on at Fulton Street.

 

R143 when I was taking the (L) from Manhattan to Lorimer

 

R160 caught it at Hoyt Schemerhorn when they were testing it on the (A) The first new tech train I ever rode :D

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First time was when I took a (2) from 241st to 96th Street to reverse to the (1) back in 2000 i think it was state of the art back then.I missed those days when it complemented the redbirds

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Back when the R142s were fairly new, I didn't know about them. Then one day when my dad took me railfanning (I always went every friday after my kindergarden school days) I waited for a redbird to take me to Times Square. Instead something new came up and I was shocked. The propulsion sounded so wierd that I started imitating it. My dad was embarresed because I kept imitating it on the train distracting people.

 

I rode the R142As to go to my dad's job back in first grade. As usual, I thought I was going to get a R62 because I was on the (4)(5) and the (6) lines. Then a train popped up on the track in the other direction and I asked my dad what was it. He told me it was probably a new train. I raced to catch it, but it pulled away and then I got mad. I made my dad wait there until another one came. I loved the deceleration sounds and I made him come back to the Lexington Ave. Line the folowing day.

 

I rode the R160 last year on the (A) line. I was at 59th street waiting for the (D) train on the Southbound Express track. Since there is a turn at 59th street, the lights reflect on the walls when a train is turning. You can see the lights, but you can't see the train's face yet. I heard a track running noise and the electric shocks coming out of the 3rd rail, so I knew a train was coming/approaching the station. I saw the lights and they were too bright and they had a blue glow to it. There was also a strange red to it. The Alstom Onix Propulsion occured and there came my experience with the (A)pple R160.

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