Steinway (New York City Subway car)

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For other uses of "Steinway", see Steinway. For other uses of "Low-V", see World's Fair Lo-V.

The Steinway Lo-V, a New York City Subway car, was built between 1915 and 1925. These cars were built specifically for use on the IRT Corona Line (currently known as the IRT Flushing Line, used by the 7 train). They had special gear ratios to climb the steep grades (4.5%) in the Steinway Tunnels, something standard Interborough equipment could not do.[1]

Note that the 1938 World's Fair Lo-V was technically a "Steinway" car as it also contained the special gear ratios required to climb the grades of the Steinway Tunnels. However, as the World's Fair Lo-V is significantly different, it is a separate and distinct car class and not included in the "Steinway" grouping. Therefore, none of the information on this page concerns the '38 World's Fair Cars.

Steinway Lo-V Specifications[edit]

  • Car Builder: Pressed Steel Car Company, American Car and Foundry, Pullman Company
  • Car Body: Steel
  • Unit Numbers: 4025-4036, 4215-4222, 4555-4576, 4700-4718, 4720-4771, 5628-5652 (all motors)
  • Fleet: 138 cars (138 motors)
  • Car Length: 51 feet 6 inches (15.70 m)
  • Car Width: 8 feet 11 516 inches (2.73 m)
  • Car Height: 12 feet (3.66 m)
  • Total Weight: ~ 74,000 lb (33,600 kg)
  • Track Gauge: 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
  • Propulsion System: Westinghouse or General Electric
  • Motors: WH 302, 302F, 302F2, GE 240C, 259
  • Motor Power: 105 hp (78 kW) (WH 302, one car), 120 hp (89 kW) (WH 302F, 302F1, GE 240C, 259)
  • Brakes: WABCO Schedule AMUE with UE-5 universal valve, ME-23 brake stand, and simplex clasp brake rigging
  • Air Compressor: WABCO D-2-F
  • Coupler Type: WABCO J
  • Total Seating: 44
  • Total Standing: 152

See also[edit]

  • Flivver Lo-V, a low voltage propulsion control IRT subway car built in 1915.
  • Standard Lo-V, a low voltage propulsion control IRT subway car built from 1916 to 1925.
  • World's Fair Lo-V, a low voltage propulsion control IRT subway car built in 1938.


  1. ^ Sansone, Gene (2004). New York Subways. JHU Press. p. 84. ISBN 0-8018-7922-1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gene Sansone, New York Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars, ISBN 0-8018-7922-1, pp. 73–74, 78–80, 84–85, 95–96.

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