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Ode to the "Black Cars"  of the "Tubes"
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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Ode to the "Black Cars"  of the "Tubes"
 
« on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:00pm »
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Gentlemen;
 
Though the original Class "A" cars were retired years before the PATH takeover in 1962, the rest of the "Black Car" fleet survived until the new PA-series entered service in the mid-1960's.
 
The oldest of the distinctive "Black" cars were the Class "B" units, dating to 1908.
 
Car design changed very little through the years; the very last of the "Black" cars were built in 1928.
 
While the original Class "A" cars of 1908 featured deck roofs, the later cars (Classes "B" through "J") featured monitor roofs of a more modern design.
 
Not long before the first of the new PA cars entered service, several "Black" cars were modernized (one car with air-conditioning) and painted blue.
 
This was known as the "Blue Train", and usually operated between JSQ and Hudson Terminal.
 
Sadly, none of these cars survive.
 
One "Black" cars has been restored at the Shore Line Trolley Museum at East Haven, and another (a Class "B") resides at the Museum of Transport in St. Louis.
 
Two others, in very poor condition, reside at the Trolley Museum of New York, virtually untouched since PATH retired them from work service in 1979.
 
My first rapid transit ride, over 50 years ago, was aboard one of these humble cars, and I rode them many times before they were finally retired.
 
The "tubes" were never the same afterwards.
 
Like all good prewar rapid transit cars, these ancient, antiquated vehicles screeched, squealed, hummed, whined, hissed, clanked, clunked, thunked, and chuckled........"PERSONALITY", most certainly!
 
Join me, if you will, in an impromptu tribute to these once-familiar cars.....
 
"H.F.M."


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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Re: Ode to the "Black Cars"  of the "Tubes"
 
« Reply #1 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:03pm »
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A circa-1960 view (looking east) showing a westbound train of "Black" cars about to enter the bustling Journal Square station in Jersey City.
 
As is obvious from the complex ganglia of catenary, the PRR operated many trains through here (both freight and passenger) as well.
 
PRR trains terminated at the long-gone Exchange Place ferry terminal, closed in late 1961.
 
"WALDO" (PRR) tower is also visible here......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?24783


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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Re: Ode to the "Black Cars"  of the "Tubes"
 
« Reply #2 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:08pm »
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About 1964, we see modernized #407 on the point of the "Blue Train" at JSQ, awaiting its next assignment.
 
The Hudson Boulevard bridge above the trains, at the time of this photo, was a busy terminal and departure area for many area buses.
 
This scene is totally unrecognizeable today.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21745


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:14pm »
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An elderly train of "Black" cars awaiting departure from JSQ, 1965.
 
The 1912 station seen here, which I passed through numerous times growing up, was demolished in the early 1970's, and replaced by the new PATH Transportation Center.
 
This is another bygone scene totally obliterated today......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21743


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:20pm »
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Another timeless scene at JSQ from 1965.
 
This train is one one of the storage spurs, awaiting its next call to duty.
 
These venerable old cars featured ends that were loaded with all sorts of fascinating hardware, including a ganglia of steel tension springs and safety chains.
 
This is a view I knew very well in my younger days.
 
Note, too, the PRR catenary.
 
The long-gone pedestrian overpass connected the old H&M station on the north with Pavonia Avenue, which ran alongside the old STANLEY theatre........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21746


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:24pm »
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Through 1965, such scenes as this were more than commonplace.
 
Here we see a three-car train (perhaps a run from 33rd St.) entering the JSQ station.
 
Note the PRR freight passing by on the extreme left.
 
The Summit Avenue bridge is seen spanning the tracks......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21747


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:31pm »
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This 1955 view, looking towards the H&M yards just west of the JSQ station, could have just as easily been snapped in 1965.
 
Note the heavy power transmission poles and wires; the huge parking garage on the left was a recent building at the time of this photo......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?75665


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:39pm »
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Looking down on a sea of "Black" cars, sunning themselves in the JSQ yards, just west of the station.
 
You are looking down from the massive Hudson (now Kennedy Boulevard) Boulevard bridge.
 
Also note the H&M/PRR "Joint Service" tracks and PRR tracks heading west.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?31308


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:43pm »
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This undated portrait of car #403 is miscaptioned; it was not taken at JSQ, but was taken at the now-demolished Henderson St. Yards in Jersey City.
 
This yard served until about 1990, when a new PATH facility was built out in the Jersey Meadows.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21744


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:49pm »
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A beautiful portrait of the "Blue Train" at the Henderson St. yards in 1964.
 
Note that car #472 has recieved new door panels; also, note blanked out vestibule door (with vents) on car #439.
 
An experimental a/c unit was installed here, to give commuters a taste of the new air-conditioned PA cars that were start arriving the following year......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21778


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 11:00pm »
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Several nostalgic 1960's views at the 33rd St. station.
 
The station fixtures and hardware have been updated many times since these old photos were taken.
 
This was another H&M station I knew quite well as a youngster; the main entrances to the old GIMBELS basement were just outside of the fare control area.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21757
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?24765
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?24761
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?24763


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 22nd, 2012, 11:13pm »
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A few pre-PATH photos of "Black" cars at the old Henderson St. yards......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21776
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21777
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?49814


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 12:12am »
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H&M/PATH "Black" car stats:
 
CLASS        YEAR BLT.  BUILDER
 
"A"             1908         PRESSED STEEL/ACF
 
"B"             1909         PRESSED STEEL
 
"C"             1910        ACF
 
"E"             1921         ACF
 
"F"             1922         ACF
 
"H"            1927     ACF
 
"J"             1928     ACF


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 12:20am »
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Ex-H&M #273 (Class "B"/Pressed Steel/1909) nearing the end of her long and productive service life, seen here at the long-ago demolished Hudson Terminal in lower Manhattan, back in 1965.
 
This historic terminal was closed and demolished in 1971, replaced by the original WTC terminal, which itself was destroyed on 9/11.........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21759


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« Reply #14 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 12:32am »
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A deary winter scene at JSQ, 1971.
 
The old "Black" cars have been out of revenue service for several years now; those still remaining on the property were converted into work cars and painted yellow.
 
They served in this capacity until 1979.
 
Also, note early construction for the PATH Transportation Center.
 
A "K"-Class car ( ST. LOUIS/1958 ), which, until 1967, ran on the PRR/PATH "Joint Service" route between Newark and Hudson Terminal, is seen on the left.
 
By this date, the cars were virtually relegated to non-Newark services.....
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?88099


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« Reply #15 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 1:11am »
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Undated (1950's?) view of a two-car "Black" train east of JSQ, between the station and the tunnel portals.
 
This short consist might have been an off-peak 33rd St-JSQ run.
 
PRR catenary is also clearly viewed here.
 
At this time, no "Black" cars ventured further west of JSQ than the yards; as noted ealier, the line to Newark was the "Joint Service" operated by the PRR and the H&M.
 
Only the MP-38/CLASS "D" cars (equipped with PRR cab signals) could operate on this route; the same held true from 1958 through 1967, when the 1958 "K" cars ran on this line.
 
It was not until the later 60's, when the old "Joint Service" became a PATH-only operation, that the "Black" cars (now in work service) could be seen operating west of JSQ.........
 
 
http://www.davesrailpix.com/odds/nj/htm/hm11.htm?3e3ea140


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 1:24am »
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1950's/early 60's interior view of a "Black" car.
 
(the stoic conductor appears to have a slumbering passenger in his midst!)
 
Clearly, this is NOT a peak-hour run!
 
The interiors of such elderly rapid-transit equipment were full of all kinds of interesting hardware, gizmos, and doo-dads that have been absent from rapid transit rolling stock for decades.
 
With the exception a coat or two or paint over the years, the interiors of these venerable cars changed little, if at all, through their many years of service.
 
I knew these rolling museum pieces well as a lad......
 
http://www.davesrailpix.com/odds/nj/htm/hm20.htm?3e3ea140


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 11:20am »
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A train of "Black" cars at speed near JSQ (lack of PATH insignias on the cars tells us that this pre-dates the PATH era.
 
As noted earlier, the PRR also operated through here; (note position light signals)........
 
http://www.davesrailpix.com/odds/nj/htm/hm16.htm


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 11:30am »
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A moody, atmospheric shot at Hoboken, 1965.
 
At this busy three-track terminal, trains to Hudson Terminal (WTC) and 33rd St. terminate, connecting with E-L (today NJT) commuter trains)
 
By this late date, the veteran "Black" cars were nearing the end, as the new PA-cars would be arriving on the property during this year.
 
Too, the old incandescent lighting would be replaced by new floursecent fixtures.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?24768


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« Reply #19 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 11:34am »
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A brighter view at Hoboken; you are looking towards the bumper blocks.
 
The red and green markers designate this consist as a Hudson Terminal train.
 
Also note the old wooden benches and wastebaskets, themselves long gone today........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21756


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