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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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The "Lo-V": an IRT legend
 
« on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:17pm »
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Without a doubt, no other type of subway car was featured in movies and theatrical cartoons set in New York than the humble IRT Lo-V (Low Voltage).
 
Dating back to 1914, these once oh-so-familiar workhorses indeed typified the New York subway; these ancient beasts were solid, rugged, and, without a doubt, built to last.
 
Prior to 1914, "Hi-V" (Hi-Voltage) cars dominated the IRT rails; originally, these cars had only vestibule doors, and, it was not long before center doors were installed, giving these cars an appearance similiar to the 1914 Lo-V's.
 
It was not until well into the 1950's, that these ancient cars began to be replaced, as sleek new "R" units began arriving on the NYCTA's rails.
 
The ancient Hi-v's (these cars featured brutal, manually-operated vestibule doors; the pneumatic center doors were later additions) were retired first, but, it was obvious that the old Lo-V's were indeed running on borrowed time.
 
However, even in the early 60's, a large number of the type was still in operation.
 
By 1964, the cars had been retired from the IRT "main lines" (including the long-gone Bowling Green-South Ferry shuttle), but a few soldiered on with the 1938 World's Fair "Stienway" cars, rattling along the now-demolished Bronx section of the 3rd Avenue El.
 
Many survived in work service through the 70's; today, only a handful of these historic cars survive today.
 
Over 50 years ago, my first subway ride was aboard one of these classic antiques.....a NEVER to be forgotten experience, you may be sure!
 
These were the cars that carried mutitudes of "Bronx Bombers" fans up to the old Yankee Stadium, to see such legends as "The Babe", "The Mick", Lou Gherig, and Yogi Berra.
 
These were also the cars that our favorite redhead Lucy Ricardo, and her best friend/cohort/landlady Ethel Mertz traveled on, whenever they wanted to go downtown on yet another shopping spree (Hey! Don't let Ricky or Fred know......."All right, Lucy, start 'splainin'!")
 
I am most fortunate to own not only a controller handle from one of these classic cars, but also, a number plate (#5530), and a restored set of marker lights.
 
Join me, if you will, for a trip back to the days when rattan seats, straphanger's straps, incandescent lighting, wooden change booths, and tokens were still in use on the always-humming rails beneath the teeming streets of Gotham......
 
"H.F.M."


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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Re: The "Lo-V": an IRT legend
 
« Reply #1 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:19pm »
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A train of spiffed up "museum" Lo-V's at the IRT's Corona (Flushing line) yards; note the now-retired 1964 World's Fair "Bluebirds" in the background......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?7064


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:24pm »
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Lo-V #5252 on the two-car Bowling Green shuttle in 1962; the Lo-V's were gone from this shuttle by 1964, and the route itself was shut down in the late 70's.
 
I recall such scenes clearly, from way back in my younger days.
 
Likewise gone is the magnificent 1905 tilework.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?6969


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:26pm »
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A timeless scene from 1951, reminiscent of a classic Richard Widmark flick, (at Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn).........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?47351


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:27pm »
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An interior view of a Lo-V (Hi-V interiors were very similiar)
 
Generations of New Yorkers traveled aboard these humble, workaday vehicles for decades.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?45219


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:30pm »
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A timeless scene at 176th St.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?8005


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:32pm »
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The rugged, no-nonsense construction of the Lo-V is clearly evident in this long-ago yard scene......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?45195


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:35pm »
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A proud motorman poses with his electrified steed in 1910.
 
This car is a pre-1914 Hi-V (note similiar appearance to the later Lo-V's).......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?45152


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« Reply #8 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:37pm »
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1964 was a sad year for fans of the ancient Lo-V's; this was the year when the cars were removed from service on the IRT "main lines".
 
Here we see another jammed ERA special.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?45846


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« Reply #9 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:39pm »
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#4154 at 149th St.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?26570


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #10 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:42pm »
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A classic "el" scene on the Woodlawn line, 1960.
 
Also, note the vintage vehicles on the street down below, indeed, a classic car buff's dream.........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?78162


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« Reply #11 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:43pm »
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"ANCIENT WARRIOR"........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?8005


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #12 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 10:46pm »
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For years after retirement from revenue service, many Lo-V's served as work cars; here we see one of the old veterans posing with a prewar IND "R" unit, also converted to work service.
 
The last of the prewar IND cars ran in 1977.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?13006


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« Reply #13 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 11:00pm »
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A sea of Lo-V's, awaiting the next call to duty (circa late 1950's)
 
The roofs of some prewar "R" units are also visible here......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?7115


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 11:05pm »
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Odd men out?
 
Lo-V's are indeed in the minority in this 1964 view at the 239th St. yards.
 
As mentioned earlier, 1964 was the last year that the Lo-V's ran on the IRT "main lines".......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?6909


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« Reply #15 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 11:11pm »
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A classic Lo-V pose......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?8009


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« Reply #16 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 11:12pm »
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Another 1964 ERA fantrip in progress......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?6896


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« Reply #17 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 11:26pm »
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These views depict the Lo-V's during the years when they were serving as work cars.
 
Painted in bright yellow or dull red, these elderly workhorses proved they could still show thier muscle and earn thier keep, after retirement from revenue service......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?6948
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?13008
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?40718


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #18 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 11:33pm »
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Through the late 1950's and 1960's, sad scenes like these were all-too-familiar to railfans; here we see elderly IRT cars undergoing scrapping, along with several equally-ancient LIRR MP-54 MU's.
 
So much rail history lost forever......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?76188


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« Reply #19 on: Mar 8th, 2013, 11:48pm »
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A Lo-V work train "makin' the rounds", back in 1973......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?39328


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