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The "Lo-V": an IRT legend
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #40 on: Mar 11th, 2013, 10:44pm »
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The 1950's was the final "full" decade where the venerable "Lo-V's" would operate on the IRT "main lines".
 
A number of 1915 trailers were converted to "blind motors" (motor cars without cabs) around 1952.
 
The the first of the St. Louis-built R-17's entered service on the Pelham line in late 1955, it initiated the replacement of the ancient, still-rolling, pre-1914 "Hi-V" fleet; the cars with the brutal manual doors were the first to be retired, while the cars with multiple-unit doors were retired later on.
 
The last Hi-V's were retired in 1958, by then well over 50 years old.
 
About this time, the old kerosene lamps were replaced with electric running lights on the cars that were destined to be retained in revenue service for several more years.
 
Over 1400 new IRT cars were delivered between 1959 and 1964.
 
The last of the "Flivver" cars were gone by 1962.
 
By late 1963, the last of the Lo-V "Steinway" and "mainline" cars were gone from the Lexington Avenue line.
 
Some cars still continued to operate on the 7th Avenue line until 1964; likewise, the Lo-V's then operating in two-car sets on the Bowling Green-South Ferry shuttle, continued to operate until the summer of 1964.
 
In late 1969, the Lo-V era on the IRT (as revenue equipment) came to a sad finale, when the last Lo-V's (including several 1938 WF cars) made thier final runs on the Bronx section of the 3rd Avenue El.
 
Through the 70's, a number of cars served as work equipment.......


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #41 on: Mar 11th, 2013, 11:00pm »
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A timeless image showing the interior of a 1938 'World's Fair" Lo-V, about 1963.
 
The interior arrangement was quite similiar to the old H&M/PATH "Black" cars, then still in operation.
 
The dozens of standee straps and the colorful gallery of car car ads easily recall the "good old days" on New York subways; how well yours truly recalls such nostalgic rapid transit hardware......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?46868


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #42 on: Mar 11th, 2013, 11:03pm »
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1938 WF cars at 210th Street, circa-1965.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?46869


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #43 on: Mar 11th, 2013, 11:08pm »
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Another train of 1938 WF Lo-V's; despite the lack of end vestibules, these cars had an appearance more similiar to the H&M equipment of the era, than the earlier IRT Lo-V's.........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?7143


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #44 on: Mar 11th, 2013, 11:16pm »
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Fordham Rd, 1964.
 
Trains on the remaining portion of the 3rd Avenue El in the Bronx consisted of 1938 WF cars, and older main-line "Steinways".
 
In several more years, such classic scenes would be gone forever.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?7171


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #45 on: Mar 11th, 2013, 11:33pm »
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A modern parking garage contrasts sharply with a train of ancient Lo-V's, and an equally archaic IRT semaphore signal......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?43100


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« Reply #46 on: Mar 12th, 2013, 12:10am »
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This timeless "Lex" scene at Borough Hall (Brooklyn), circa-late 50's/early 60's, is most evocative of the IRT as it was for decades.
 
Truly a classic scene of a lost New York......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?58743


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #47 on: Mar 12th, 2013, 12:33am »
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Another nostalgic Lo-V interior scene (1963)
 
Quite a difference from the barren, sterile, bland interiors of the modern cars that now ply the IRT rails.
 
The re-upholstered seat cushions tells us that this was one of the cars refurbished during the 1950's.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?78164


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #48 on: Mar 12th, 2013, 12:56am »
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For a time during the late 1950's and early 60's, a number of Lo-V's were transferred to the BMT Division, to serve on both the Culver Shuttle (abandoned in 1975), and the Franklin Avenue Line.
 
The narrower IRT cars had to be requipped with door sill extenders, to bridge the gap that was necessary at stations to accomodate the wider equipment used on the BMT.
 
Here we see a two car Lo-V train on the Culver shuttle, just outside the lower level of the 9th Avenue station.
 
The door sill extenders can be seen clearly here.....
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?7996


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« Reply #49 on: Mar 12th, 2013, 1:02am »
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A train of "borrowed" Lo-V's at the BMT's Franklin Avenue station, in 1959.
 
Door sill extenders and skirting are in clear view in this photo.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?24675


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #50 on: Mar 12th, 2013, 1:22am »
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Two more vintage views of IRT Lo-V's running on the BMT Franklin Avenue line......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?113309
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?6716


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« Reply #51 on: Mar 12th, 2013, 7:05pm »
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......I was never a subway fan but I've enjoyed seeing those elevated views....Tom

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