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Earle Baldwin

A Few R15 Photographs "Back in the Day"

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Here are a few views of some of the R15 cars which were still in service while I was photographing IRT operations in the Bronx during the mid 80's. All three are Broadway/Seventh Avenue locals.

 

(231st St. Station 9/22/84)

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(238th St. Station 10/4/84)

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(231st St. Station 9/22/84)

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Enjoy!

 

Regards,

 

Earle

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Even tho those cars are covered in dirt and grafitti they are still beautiful. You shoot very nice photos Earle.

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Great pictures as always Earle, did you shoot with a wide angle or are the photographs cropped?

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Thanks for the nice comments. I'm glad you're enjoying the pictures. I'm happy to share them with others as opposed to letting them sit in their metal cases in the train room without being seen.

 

The pictures were taken with a standard lens. The gentleman who scanned the slides will sometimes crop them.

 

Thanks again. I appreciate the opportunity to participate here.

 

Earle

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Slammin pics! Those R15s look really cool, I might have rode one when I was so young so I would not even remember them. You should send those pics to http://www.nycsubway.org

 

Do you have any R62/A pics from when they were new?

 

Eastman: the last R15 was removed from service on December 10, 1984.

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Very nice pics Earle. But holy crap,now I know why the people said that the subways back then were scary. But why are most of the trains today not like that? Better security in the yards maybe?

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Hi, R32.

 

I'm sorry I don't have any R62 photos. I was concentrating on getting the older generation of equipment at the time.

 

New Jersey T:

 

The contrast between then and now is certainly interesting. I believe a combination of improved security and materials more resistant to vandalism are responsible for today's cleaner appearance. Having been discouraged, I think the same clowns who used to do this crap in the subway are now the ones defacing freight cars.

 

Regards,

 

Earle

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omg those trains are so clean lol. nah its kinda cool that they like that its art and art is wonderful. sometimes keeping it " clean and graffiti proof " is boring.

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it must have been cool to ride it back in the 80's...like during hip hops early years..

 

Hmmmm that have nothing to do with hip-hop. Hip-hop may have started in the 80's, but still have nothing to do with tagging trains.....it was about who had the best tags and/or graffiti. Buy or rent the movie called "Beat Street", it will give you a better understanding!

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Betcha back then they'd never imagine a system dominated by generally clean high tech trains in a little over 20 years. And to think today there are people who pass up R-62s and wait for the next NTT. Glad they put an end to those horrendous days, certainly not art as far as I'm concerned.

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nice shots, but why didnt the (MTA) repaint them instead let them in service

 

btw I didnt BUMP this, last person to bump, page 2

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I think I have seen that movie yeah i was thinking if it was breakin' but yeah thats the movie where the dude and the " spit " die on the third rail...dam, i always thought the graffiti movement was associated with early hiphop...or atleast the culture

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Great pics... I just can't stand that graffiti... *disgusted* Those people really need to get a life... instead of tagging cars or buildings they could find something else to do...

Yes, people may die on the 3rd rail if they attempted Graffiti these days...

 

Actually, I saw a Hippo on the B at 34th Street today. It got a hit, and I am sure it was recent. How would you explain that?

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