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Ode to the "Black Cars"  of the "Tubes"
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Re: Ode to the "Black Cars"  of the "Tubes"
 
« Reply #20 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 4:46pm »
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on Nov 22nd, 2012, 11:00pm, HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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

 
.....juxtaposed against that "modern" departure sign those cars look strangely out of place....Tom


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« Reply #21 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 6:48pm »
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on Nov 23rd, 2012, 4:46pm, TAB wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
.....juxtaposed against that "modern" departure sign those cars look strangely out of place....Tom

 
 
Tom:
 
That "modern" sign was indeed new at the time; it was installed in 1962, when PATH assumed operation of the old H&M.
 
Yes, it indeed looked quite "mod" in comparison to the antiquated station fixtures, as well as the trains themselves (this station opened in 1940, replacing the original 33rd St. facility,, which was closed and demolished for the new IND 6th Avenue subway).
 
It is interesting to note to, that the new 33rd St. station is actually located at 32nd St.; this was done for the sake of convenience to passengers.
 
Imagine my surprise, though, sometime this summer, during a news report on some sort of major PATH service disruption, to see that the "mod" sign is STILL in place and STILL being used!
 
This, in itself, is quite unusual, as PATH has long had a reputation for ridding its facilities of virtually anything (with very few exceptions) that are holdovers from "the old days"........
 
"H.F.M."


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« Reply #22 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 6:55pm »
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Some "Black" car trivia:
 
The H&M cars had the distinction of being the first modern rapid transit cars in the New York area to be equipped with center doors; the IRT cars (built in 1904) lacked the center doors, and these early cars were later retrofitted with center doors, to alleviate the congestion during loading and unloading.
 
Also worth of note, the original H&M Class "A" cars went through shakedown trials on the 2nd Avenue El in 1908, prior to the opening of the H&M.
 
They also had a further advantage over the earlier IRT rolling stock, as they were equipped with battery-powered emergency lights.......
 
"H.F.M."


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« Reply #23 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 8:21pm »
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An early postcard view of the Christopher St. station (this is the first station in Manhattan for trains on the 33rd St. line).
 
Note train of Class "A" cars on the left.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?31270


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« Reply #24 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 10:44pm »
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In a bygone scene that truly captures the unique essence of "The Tubes", we see a train just out of Hudson Terminal, stopping at Exchange Place (Jersey City), 1965.
 
The ancient train of "Black" cars and the incandescent station lighting further date this nostalgic old scene, when PATH was still very much the old H&M.
 
Note the door leading to the interlocking tower at the far (west) end of the platform; this tower was in use at that time, but, by the 1970's, it had been closed.
 
Later on, during station renovation, it was torn out entirely.
 
Until late 1961, H&M passengers could also transfer at this station to PRR trains.
 
Today, this station has been modernized, updated, and given all the rich charm of a bus terminal rest room.........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21755
 
 


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« Reply #25 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 10:50pm »
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A Hudson Terminal-bound train, headed by Class "B" #270, seen at Exchange Place, circa-1965.
 
This car had been in continuous use for 56 years by this time, indeed a powerful testament to the fabled car builder's of long ago.
 
The newly-installed flourescent lighting contrasts sharply with the 1909-vintage H&M car........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?45897


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« Reply #26 on: Nov 23rd, 2012, 11:33pm »
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In this late 50's/early 60's view, we see a train just leaving Journal Square, bound for 33rd St.
 
Note the complexity of the H&M and PRR tracks, and the tangled ganglia of PRR catenary.
 
If you look very closely, you'll see a PRR keystone overhead on the Summit Avenue bridge.
 
So much has changed here, since this photo was snapped........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?42073


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« Reply #27 on: Nov 24th, 2012, 12:27am »
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After the arrival of the first generation of PA cars in 1965, the "Black" cars that were not sent to the scrap yard were painted yellow and converted into work cars.
 
The only external changes were that the windows were plated over and the steel tension springs removed.
 
This 1969 view at JSQ, shows both PRR catenary and the old station building; neither exist today.
 
The car seen here (#510) was a 1928 product of PRESSED STEEL.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21749


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