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Remember the Redbirds?

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Do you guys recall the glorious years of the Redbirds? From May 10th, 1984, to November, 2003, they ran the rails of the IRT. Does anyone also remember the "Greenbird" ML R-33s (what was that all about?), and the Redbird R-17s/R-21/22s? Did any R-14s or R-15s ever make it to become Redbirds?

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I've never been in a Redbird. First subway car I was in was an R62. How was the ride? Comparable to an R32?

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sorry meant to answer not thank. The ride of the old cars was like a 32 just hotter in the car. No A/C!!! there weren't as many timers and speed limits and I never saw an r15 redbird however 12/14 did have redbirds. the green paint job was a try at the other original color of the older cars like the r16, 27/30 and the r10s as well had that paint just the ta trying to have uniformity

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I sure miss those redbirds. Those R142s are just not the same as those redbirds. I remember they would fly on the (2) and (4)!

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Yes, I remember the redbirds, use to ride them all the time on the (2) & <5> lines. They were really fun to ride its sad that there retired, at least we still have the R62/A's thankfully.

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I remeber way back before I even knew anything about the subway ( early 90s ) I had liking towards them because of there color. i noticed they had a particular smell to them as well, similiar to the smell the nostalgia train has. but all thos was when I lived in BK, so when I mived to queens 12 years ago I had forgotten about them, so when I realized I rhode them it was too late to fully appreciate. I always tried to grab those swinginh handles lol, never could though.

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(7) train = Redbird

 

everytime I think of the (7) I picture the redbirds. Even nowadays when I ride the (7) I turn around to the tunnel and I'm secretly hoping I see something red enter the station. They made their mark on the lines they ran on without a doubt and for me they were trademarks of the (7). I didn't see much of the (2) and (5) as a kid so it didn't work that way for me.

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Redbirds on the (7) will always be my favorite subway car. As a kid, especially riding the LIRR under Woodside, they'd look so dark and foreboding against a night sky. Inside, they had a real old-school feel with the red side/end doors and metal "straps" that lined the corners of the ceiling. The lights would still flicker when the train bounced around, and I mean... sets of those rolling above Queens was the coolest. Like they're the most iconic subway car there is, IMO.

 

Coolest subway car to exist in revenue service in my lifetime. I realize they were beyond their useful lives, but they should have never taken them off the (7). (somehow)

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...however 12/14 did have redbirds...

Really? WOW! It must have been amazing; a ride on an R14 Redbird. I remember them well. Very fast, very loud, and very red, and sometimes rusted. They really were the first subway car that I absolutely liked. In fact, my fascination with the subway all began with the Redbird. I'll always remember the orange door indicator lights (just like R-38), lights blinking, straps swinging, and rollsigns being messed up (cuz they had the dials, not the key-slots). i would have loved to have ridden a Redbird/Greenbird R-10/12/14/15/16/17/21/22/27/30.;):tup:

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I sure as hell remember them. I used them a lot to get to and from school, work and to visit this girl I used to date in Crown Heights in the early nineties.

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Yup I remembered them. I use to always ride on the (7) Line the R36 and the (2) R26-33. The (5)(4)(6) ive rode them from time to time all when I was a kid. I miss them a lot. the only think that can bring my memory back is the SMEE Tours. I will ride them this june with the Lows vs for teh tour on the (2)/(5).

 

The R32/38s are just like the Redbird but the IRT versions are much better then the IND/BMT. The IRT versions were the true SMEE

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Yup I remembered them. I use to always ride on the (7) Line the R36 and the (2) R26-33. The (5)(4)(6) ive rode them from time to time all when I was a kid. I miss them a lot. the only think that can bring my memory back is the SMEE Tours. I will ride them this june with the Lows vs for teh tour on the (2)/(5).

 

The R32/38s are just like the Redbird but the IRT versions are much better then the IND/BMT. The IRT versions were the true SMEE

SMEE = Braking system scheme, how is something "true" SMEE?:confused:

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Those redbirds were great, although i only rode them for a few years before they were scrapped. I always loved how the lights went off at times.

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SMEE = Braking system scheme, how is something "true" SMEE?:confused:

 

lol sry i mean that they are the true redbird cars(Car type) compared to its B Div brothers, even tho the R32 shares a memory of the Rbirds.. for today in '09

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OHH yes! Best cars ever. I always loved the way the Redbirds hummed when they pulled out of stations and accelerated. The rumble, the number plates...

The (7) hasn't been the same since October 2003.

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I loved the Redbirds. I think the oldest I.R.T. car that became a Redbird was actually the R-21s as I believe the R12s, R14s, R15s and R17s were retired by then, when the Redbird program began.

 

I thought the Redbird paint scheme was the second best on the R36WF on the (7)<7> right behind the original Aquamarine and Cream paint scheme.

 

I think I recall seeing an I.R.T. car in kale green.

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How was the ride? Comparable to an R32?

 

Yea but more like an R38. Those R32s and R38s do have an Redbird feel to them. I miss the R38s. :D

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Some of the R17 cars made it to the redbird scheme. There are pictures from 1986 or 1987 or so of R17 cars running on a fantrip throughout the system painted in redbird livery. And of course there's 6688 :D which is currently painted in its "as retired" redbird color scheme. (Disclaimer: neither photo by me)

 

1987

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2007

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Did any of the redbirds have WH propulsion? I only remember riding the R33s on the (2) and the R36s on the (7)<7> which had the GE "wind up" sound.

 

Sure. It was common for the redbirds car contracts to be split between Westinghouse and GE.

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Yes...back when walking through the subway cars WAS legal, my dad and I caught a redbird (4) local to New Lots at Kingston Av (late night, like 12 AM). We stopped in the middle of Rockaway Av & Junius St. He thought that there must be a work train up ahead, and we decided to speed through the cars to try and see it. And at the VERY last second, I get to the railfan window just in time to see the train use the lead to the Junius St middle track. Best memory I have of the redbird, other than taking a long ride on the (2) to the Bronx Zoo in 1999.

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Yes...ironically when I was 7 or 8 , I wanted to ride on the R62s than the Redbirds when they were being introduced to the (7) that year but everytime it was the Redbirds that I rode. (I did manage to ride on an R62, I think) but now to see it gone, it saddens me. A great childhood memory was lost.(I think i still have my old pic when i was 3 or 4 yrs old that has the redbirds in the background...)

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