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The "other" BUDD cars (Silver Straphangers)
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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The "other" BUDD cars (Silver Straphangers)
 
« on: Feb 21st, 2013, 10:21pm »
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Gentlemen:
 
Mention the word "BUDD" to any railfan, and, most likely, he'll usually picture an RDC ( I know I usually do!)
 
Many "mainstream" (non-traction) railfans might be surprised to learn that BUDD rapid transit equipment was/is used in several cities, including New York, Philadelphia, and. Chicago
 
The mere fact that such equipment performed well and long through several decades of rough-'n-tumble, big city rapid-transit service is testimony enough that BUDD indeed knew how to build a superior, durable, and handsome piece of transit equipment.
 
Let us then, pay tribute to these unsung haulers of the masses......
 
"H.F.M."


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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Re: The "other" BUDD cars (Silver Straphangers)
 
« Reply #1 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 10:29pm »
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In 1949, the NYC BOard Of Transportation took delivery of a small fleet of BUDD-built subway cars, the R-11's.
 
Sleek, stunning, and modern, these then-futuristic cars stunned even the most jaded of straphangers, with thier silvery bodies, porthole door windows, and modern interior appointments (in fact, special lighting fixtures inside the cars also killed germs!)
 
These cars were to have been part of a large order, which never materialized.
 
In 1965, these cars were rebuilt, and re-designated R-34.
 
Though designed for service on both the BMT and IND (they were to be the cars used on the proposed Second Avenue line (STILL waiting for that to bewcome a reality!), the type was mosdt associated with service on the BMT Brighton line, especially the famed Franklin shuttle.
 
This photo shows #8019 at the massive Coney Island Yards, when new in 1949.
 
For contrast, note the old BMT El equipment in the right background, including the unique, home-built "C" types........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?128495
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 10:32pm »
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Another "new kid on the block" scene at the Coney Island yards, 1949......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?47346
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 10:40pm »
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A snowy day in 1969 at Prospect Park (Franklin Shuttle), 1969.
 
Note the roll sign is still displaying a "7"; after the Chrystie Street connection was completed in 1967, the seperate identities of the BMT and the IND vanished.
 
After this new connection went into operation, the old BMT route numbers became obsolete, and were replaced with IND-style letters......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?128591
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 10:46pm »
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A bit off the "beaten path", we see #8017 heading a train on the BMT Broadway line, at 57th St., in Manhattan, a terminal point.
 
Many nostalgic elements date this wonderfully nostalgic scene of "old New York".
 
Note that the train is a #3-WEST END LOCAL; at that time, the IRT was also operating another #3, on their 7th Avenue line.
 
Today, the IRT line is the only "3" on the system.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2629


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 10:52pm »
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Fifteen years separate R-11/R-34 #8012 from R-32 "Brightliner" (also a BUDD product) as they await the next call to duty, seen here at the CI yards in 1966.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2597
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 11:05pm »
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Interior view of the R-11 (as built), and the R-34 (rebuilt in 1965)........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2641
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2644
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #7 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 11:11pm »
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Lone R-11/R-34 #8012 is certainly the "odd one out", standing in the midst of a vast sea of prewar IND "R" units at the Concourse Yard, in 1972........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?66082
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 11:16pm »
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"THE BROTHERS BUDD" (Coney Island Yard, 1967)
 
Interesting to note that none of the route designations displayed on these cars are in use today......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2614
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #9 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 11:23pm »
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Classic scenes along the "Frankie"......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?49050
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?2631
 
(photos courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #10 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 11:29pm »
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In 1964, BUDD products once again bedazzled NY sctaphangers when the first of the new R-32 "BRIGHTLINERS" went on public display at GCT.
 
Similiar cars (the R-38's) went into service a few years later; these cars, however, were built by St Louis.
 
Ironically, the newer R-38's have all been retired, but a small number of the BUDD-built R-32's still soldier on to this day (as I type this, they are nearing their 50th birthdays), yet another testimony the the solid, reliable equipment BUDD was long noted for.......


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« Reply #11 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 11:53pm »
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Original artist's rendition of the 1964 R-32 "BRIGHTLINER".......
 
(http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?4975
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #12 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 11:56pm »
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Rare view from 1964 of new R-32's being delivered to the NYCTA via carfloat (look carefully to spot the CNJ tug doing the honors!).......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?4976
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #13 on: Feb 22nd, 2013, 12:09am »
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Before entering revenue service, the new "BRIGHTLINERS" went on public display at GCT.
 
This required the exhibition cars being equipped with the NYC's underrunning-style of third rail shoes.
 
I still have distinct memories of seeing this sleek, brightly-lit "train of tomorrow" with Mom at GCT, nearly 50 years ago......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?75611
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #14 on: Feb 22nd, 2013, 12:12am »
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Clearly NOT the 8:15 White Plains Local into GCT, we see the "BRIGHTLINER" exhibition train rumbling along the Park Avenue viaduct, which was used by both the NYC and the NH.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?75612
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #15 on: Feb 22nd, 2013, 12:14am »
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The same train at the old Mott Haven passenger yards; note the ancient NYC "S" motor on the right.
 
These elderly machines were still being used for switching duties, at the time of this photo.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?75750


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« Reply #16 on: Feb 22nd, 2013, 12:18am »
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Exhibition train the move through Mott Haven yards; NYC and NH equipment were then serviced here; note the many through cars still on hand........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?114189
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #17 on: Feb 22nd, 2013, 12:26am »
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So much rail history in this shot at Sunnyside Yards in 1964; after arriving via carfloat, this was the first location where the new "BRIGHTLINERS" touched New York rails.
 
Above the yards, we see a train of new IRT World's Fair "Bluebirds", down in the yards, an L&N box car, and an ex-DL&W gondola are seen keeping the new R-32's company.
 
Aaaaahhh, nostalgia.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?4986
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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New R-32's undergoing testing on the famed BMT Sea Beach Line in 1964, indeed make for a magnificent sight.
 
It certainly goes without saying that BUDD equipment was always handsome and pleasing to the eye......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?4686
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #19 on: Feb 22nd, 2013, 12:37am »
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Later in life, the R-32's were rehabbed and overhauled; this included not only removing the traditional standee straps inside the car, but also, called for the removal of the large sign boxes at the car ends, replacing them with diminutive electronic route designators.
 
This certainly did make the signs easier to read, nor gave the cars a more attractive appearance.
 
Yet again another classic example of "leaving well enough alone"........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?82668
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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