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What class track does NYCT use?

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Does the subway even run on the same rails as lets say New Jersey Transit?

 

What class track does the NYC subways use? I would think they use Class III type of track.

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What class track does the NYC subways use? I would think they use Class III type of track.

 

I think you're right about that. While I don't know for sure, I'm sure someone does.

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I Know the Company printed on the rails is 'Beth Steelton'. The Gauge seems the same; 4' x 8 3/4''?

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Does the subway even run on the same rails as lets say New Jersey Transit?

 

What class track does the NYC subways use? I would think they use Class III type of track.

 

I'm pretty sure it has to be flat-bottom class III track. I looked over some photos of NJ Transit tracks and they look the same except for the switches and frogs.

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Same gauge as any standard North American railroad. Don't forget some of those subway cars have been pulled by diesels in freight yards, on their own wheels.

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The old connection from the LIRR Bedford Branch to the eastern BMT is a possible answer to your question. They would have to use the same track type. I can also say that a freight or passenger locomotive should have no problems running on some subway lines if the clearance was available.

 

Bill (NYCT)

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NYCT uses four types of track:

  • Type I - Running rails on hardwood ties over stone ballast.
  • Type II - Two concrete ridges on either side of a concrete trough into which wood half ties are placed as a base for running rails.
  • Type III - Wood ties resting on wood stringers. Used on elevated structures.
  • Type VIII - Two concrete ridges on either side of a concrete trough onto which the running rails are laid with rubber padding between concrete and rails.

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