R62A (New York City Subway car)

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R62A (New York City Subway car)
R62A 1 train at Dyckman.jpg
A Bronx-bound R62A NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg train leaving Dyckman Street.
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Interior of an R62A car.
In service 1985–present
Manufacturer Bombardier
Replaced R17, R21, R22
Constructed 1984–1987
Number built 825
Number in service 824 (685 in revenue service during rush hours)
Number scrapped 1 (No. 1909)
Formation 5-car sets (1651–1900, 1961–2475)
singles (1901–1960)
3-car sets (TBD)
Fleet numbers 1651-2475
Capacity 42 (A Car, full-width cab at one end)
44 (B Car, half-width cabs at both ends)
Operator New York City Subway
Depot(s) 240th Street Yard, Corona Yard, Livonia Yard, Pelham Yard[1]
Service(s) assigned NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg NYCS-bull-trans-7.svg NYCS-bull-trans-S.svg
Car body construction Stainless steel with fiberglass end bonnets
Train length 3-car train: 153.12 feet (46.67 m)
4-car train: 204.16 feet (62.23 m)
10-car train: 510.4 feet (155.6 m)
11-car train: 561.44 feet (171.13 m)
Car length 51.04 feet (15.56 m)
Width 8.60 feet (2,621 mm)
Height 11.89 feet (3,624 mm)
Platform height 3.65 ft (1.11 m)
Doors 6 per car
Maximum speed 55 mph (89 km/h)
Weight 75,550 lb (34,270 kg)
Traction system Adtranz E-Cam Propulsion with 4 Westinghouse 1447J motors per car
Power output 115 hp (85.8 kW) per axle
Acceleration 2.5 mph/s (4.0 km/(h·s))
Auxiliaries SAFT NIFE PR80F Battery
SAFT SMT8 Battery
Electric system(s) 625 V DC Third rail
Current collection method Contact shoe
Braking system(s) NYAB GSX23 Newtran “COBRA SMEE” Braking System
NYAB Tread Brake Unit
Safety system(s) emergency brakes
Coupling system Westinghouse H2C
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The R62A is a New York City Subway car built between 1984 and 1987 by Bombardier in La Pocatiere, Quebec, with final assembly done in Barre, Vermont under a license from Kawasaki.


The R62A series was a continuation of the R62 order from Kawasaki Heavy Industries. These 825 cars were built between 1984 and 1987 and entered service between 1985 and 1988. They replaced the 1954-57 built R17/21/22 cars, which were retired by early 1988. The first set of R62As was placed on the 1 on May 29, 1985.

The R62A series are numbered 1651-2475. Numbers 1901-1960 are single cars and run on the 7 (based at Corona Yard in Queens) to make 11-car trains. Twenty (20) 1900-series cars (#s 1927-1933, 1935-1937, 1940-1941, 1945-1946, 1950-1953, and 1955-1956) are reserved to run in service on the 42nd Street Shuttle, which uses three and four-car trains. Ten of these are used at a time with the rest being stored at Livonia Yard in Brooklyn, which is the yard the shuttle is based at.[2] All other cars are in five-car sets, running on the 1 (based at 240th Street Yard in the Bronx) and 6 (based at the Westchester Yard in the Bronx) services.

The cars on the 6 and 7 services feature LED lights on the sides of the cars around the rollsign where the service logo is indicated to help riders distinguish between an express train (red diamond) and a local train (green circle), clearly displaying whether a train is local or express. By contrast, the cars on the 1 and S services lack these lights.[3]

Car 1909 was wrecked at Hunts Point Avenue in 1996 and disposed of on March 19, 2001.[4][5]

The R62As use a different brake package than the majority of the fleet. Known as the "COBRA" configuration, it involves utilizing friction brakes on only one of the two trucks per car, meaning that there are no friction brakes on the number two truck of each car. This decreases overall wheel tread wear and dust resulting from brake applications, which in turn reduces maintenance costs. The R62As' brakes are manufactured by the New York Air Brake Company.

The MTA is in the process of putting the R62As through the SMS treatment, which consists of repainting bulkheads, rebuilding trucks, changing out floors, repainting and repairing damaged seats and other minor interior work in order to extend useful service life and provide a smoother ride quality.[6][7] There are also proposals for mid-life technological upgrades for the R62As, including LED destination signs and automated announcements.[8]

Initial replacement of the R62As is currently scheduled for 2026 through 2027.[9]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Sansone, Gene. Evolution of New York City subways: An illustrated history of New York City's transit cars, 1867-1997. New York Transit Museum Press, New York, 1997 ISBN 978-0-9637492-8-4

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