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R-44 (St. Louis, 1971-1973)

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R-44 train led by car 5262 enters Broad Channel on the Rockaways shuttle service. Photo by David Pirmann, June 2004.

Contents

Roster

Designation Unit Numbers Manufacturer Years
R-44 5202-5479 St. Louis Car 1971-1973
R-44 SIRT 388-435, 436-466 (even) St. Louis Car 1971-1973


  • Stainless steel
  • 75' long, 10' wide
  • 4-car sets; even numbers have cabs; odd numbers "blind". Cars are numbered consecutively in set. Lowest number usually divides only by two. Highest number in pair is odd. 5403 part of odd bunch.
  • Cars 5201-5481 originally 100-387 (but not in order); 388-399 originally NYC Subway then transfered to Staten Island Rapid Transit. See detailed roster below for a table of the original numbers.

Datasheets

R-44 Datasheet from NYCT Revenue & Non-Revenue Car Drawings

Notes

The R-44 Sets a World Speed Record. On January 31, 1972, the Transit Authority used a consist of R-44 cars to conduct speed trials on the Long Island Railroad's main line tracks between Woodside and Jamaica. The R-44s set an official world speed record, for subway trains, of 87.75 mph, with TA personnel noting that the consist was still accelerating as it approached the end of the designated 5.9 mile-long test track. The TA repeated the speed trial, this time purposefully disabling two out of four motors per car, to indirectly simulate the effect of a rush hour crowd of passengers. The train still managed to reach 77 mph. The R-44s drew 650V DC from LIRR's third rail, a power supply system inherited from the Pennsylvania Railroad. The introduction of the Budd Company's high-performance M1 commuter MUs, beginning in 1968, mandated an upgrade of third-rail power to 750V DC in order to exploit the M1's capabilities. This work was carried out during 1971 and 1972, and was not quite finished when the R-44s made their record-breaking runs. The trials demonstrated the potential of the newest generation of subway cars to offer high-speed service. --Thanks to Ron Aryel

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Image 5706
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Photo by: Steve Zabel
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Rockaway Boulevard

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Photo by: Steve Hoskins
Collection of: David Pirmann
Location: Tompkinsville

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Photo by: Peggy Darlington
Location: Tottenville

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Photo by: Chris Slaight
Location: Eltingville

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Photo by: Robert Kozlenko
Location: Tottenville

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Photo by: Gary Chatterton
Location: Jamaica Bay Crossing

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Photo by: Bill E.
Location: Broad Channel

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Photo by: Chris M.
Location: Broad Channel

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Photo by: Chris M.
Location: Broad Channel

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Photo by: Gary Chatterton
Location: Aqueduct/North Conduit Avenue

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Photo by: John Urbanski
Location: Aqueduct Racetrack

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Photo by: Richard Panse
Location: Nassau

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Photo by: John Dooley
Location: Broad Channel

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Photo by: Glenn L. Rowe
Location: 207th Street

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Photo by: Christopher Henderson
Location: 34th Street/Penn Station


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Car Notes

Green Preserved, saved for preservation,
or exists in some state
Yellow Converted to work service
(and later scrapped or still in use)
Red Wrecked/Damaged in accident (and possibly repaired),
or scrapped prior to the bulk of the type
Number Notes
109, 120, 248 Involved in fire, 2/4/1986. Not rebuilt. Scrapped.

Image 115856
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Collection of: Collection of nycsubway.org
Location: Coney Island Yard


132 Negative camber and buckled side sills, not rebuilt. Scrapped.

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Collection of: Collection of nycsubway.org
Location: Coney Island Yard


176, 215 Derailed, hit pillar n. of 59th St., 6/18/1989. Both scrapped.

Image 5695
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Photo by: Harold
Location: 207th Street Yard


227, 315 Involved in fire at 207th Street in 1974. 227 now at FDNY Training Academy on Randall's Island, 315 scrapped.

Image 5707
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Photo by: Trevor Logan
Location: SBK Yard (2nd Ave at 38th St.) (SBK)


288 Collision at 205th St. 12/1974, not rebuilt, scrapped.

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Photo by: Trevor Logan
Location: SBK Yard (2nd Ave at 38th St.) (SBK)

Image 7626
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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Coney Island Yard


328, 329, 331, 330; 332, 333, 335, 334 Experimental carpeted floor.

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Photo by: Doug Grotjahn
Collection of: Joe Testagrose

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Photo by: Doug Grotjahn
Collection of: Joe Testagrose

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Photo by: Steve Zabel
Collection of: Joe Testagrose


385 Not rebuilt, had original hydraulic brakes, scrapped, 1982.

Image 5716
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Photo by: Trevor Logan
Location: SBK Yard (2nd Ave at 38th St.) (SBK)



5240 (Originally #172) Preserved for New York Transit Museum collection.

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Photo by: Chris M.
Location: Beach 105th Street/Seaside


5248 Being scrapped due to severe frame rot, Summer 2004. Parts to be used to ressurrect 5284 and 5402. Mate 5249 mismated to 5270 (5270-5249-5271-5284 as a set).

Image 97511
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Photo by: Robert Mencher
Location: 207th Street Yard

Image 132971
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Photo by: John Dooley
Location: 207th Street Yard


5282, 5283, 5284, 5285 Derailed at 135th Street in Manhattan, 7/3/1997; 5282: rear of car sheared off, scrapped on site; 5283 suffered fire damage. 5283,4,5 still out of service, stripped for parts. 5284 returned to service Summer 2004, mismated with 5271 (5270-5249-5271-5284 as a set).

Image 132973
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Photo by: John Dooley
Location: 207th Street Yard


5319 Caught fire (by vandalism) at Far Rockaway, 1997. Scrapped.

Image 5722
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Photo by: Michael Pompili
Location: SBK Yard (2nd Ave at 38th St.) (SBK)


5402 Out of service due to fire, 4/9/1997. Had some rebuiling but never entered service and was since stripped.

Image 97513
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Photo by: Robert Mencher
Location: 207th Street Yard

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Photo by: John Dooley
Location: 207th Street Yard



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