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Retired subway cars make a splash

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Retired subway cars make a splash

 

Seventeen-ton retirees, some 600 of them, will soon be living out their golden years on the Jersey Shore, where they will see plenty of scuba diving and fishing.

 

They are part of more than 1,600 stainless-steel passenger and work-crew subway cars that will head to their new homes off the Garden State and farther down the Eastern Seaboard starting in the late fall. Some have zipped down the track since the early 1960s and will continue to work in retirement -- as artificial reefs housing schools of fish while providing divers with an underwater glimpse of New York icons.

 

Full story & Video: AMNY icon_offsite.png - From September 28, 2007

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I do have mixed feelings about the artificial reefs. Yes, great for the fish, but if they kept the cars in service until they really started to break, imagine the kind of service we would get with all the new and old cars.

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So, Bye bye, to Pitkin and Jamaica R-32's? Pitkin R-38's?

R32s, no. R32GEs, yes. R38s, yes. R40s, yes. R42, yes.

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This is a nice video but wasn't this the video of the first reefing?

 

It is. those were the first redbirds that were reefed.

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