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Take A Loving Look Back At NYC's Most Iconic Subway Cars

The Transit Authority spent over 14 months working with regulatory agencies to develop a process by which the cars were cleaned and prepared for submersion. Because of the sheer number of cars that were decommissioned, it is estimated that the Authority saved over $30 million by reefing the fleet.


The Transit Authority spent over 14 months working with regulatory agencies to develop a process by which the cars were cleaned and prepared for submersion. Because of the sheer number of cars that were decommissioned, it is estimated that the Authority saved over $30 million by reefing the fleet.


Redbird On View at the New York Transit Museum



The arrival of the R-29s was cause for celebration: they were intended to phase out 50-year old cars on IRT lines. They were greeted with an aquatic parade of fireboats and police escorts.


The Transit Authority spent over 14 months working with regulatory agencies to develop a process by which the cars were cleaned and prepared for submersion. Because of the sheer number of cars that were decommissioned, it is estimated that the Authority saved over $30 million by reefing the fleet.