R142A (New York City Subway car)

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An R142A train on the "6" train approaching Parkchester.
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Interior of an R142A car on the "4" train.
In service 2000–present
Manufacturer Kawasaki Rail Car Company
Built at Yonkers, New York, United States
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan
Family name NTT (new technology train)
Replaced R26, R28, R29, R33, R33 WF, R36, R36 WF
Constructed 1999–2004
Entered service July 10, 2000
Refurbishment R188s: 2014–16
(cars 7211–7590 only)
Number built 600
Number in service 220 (160 in revenue service during rush hours)
Formation 5-car sets (2 A cars and 3 B cars)
Fleet numbers 7211–7810 (as built)
7591–7810 (currently)
Capacity 176 (A car)
188 (B car)
Operator(s) New York City Subway
Depot(s) Jerome Yard (155 cars)
Pelham Yard (95 cars)[1]
Service(s) assigned "4" train – 130 cars (13 trains)
"6" train – 30 cars (3 trains, AM rush)
 –cars (4 trains, PM rush)
Car body construction Stainless steel with fiberglass end bonnets
Train length 513.3 feet (156.5 m)
Car length 51.33 feet (15.65 m)
Width 8.60 feet (2,621 mm)
Height 11.89 feet (3,624 mm)
Platform height 3.6458 ft (1.11 m)
Doors 6 per car
Maximum speed 55 mph (89 km/h) Service
70 mph (110 km/h) Design
Weight 73,300 lb (33,200 kg) (A car)
67,800 lb (30,800 kg) (B car)
Traction system Bombardier MITRAC propulsion system,
3-Phase AC Traction Motors Model 1508C
Power output 150 hp (111.855 kW) per motor axle; 2,100 hp (1,565.970 kW) per 5-car set
Acceleration 2.5 mph/s (4.0 km/(h·s))
Deceleration 3.0 mph/s (4.8 km/(h·s))
(full service),
3.2 mph/s or 5.1 km/(h·s)
Auxiliaries SAFT 195 AH battery (B car)
Power supply Third rail
Electric system(s) 625 V DC
Current collection method Contact shoe
Braking system(s) Dynamic braking propulsion system; WABCO RT-96 tread brake system
Safety system(s) Dead man's switch, Train stop
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The R142A, along with the R142, are the first and second part of the fourth generation of somewhat similar new technology cars (NTTs) for the A Division of the New York City Subway.[2] These cars were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan. Along with the R142s, they replaced the Redbird trains, including the R26, R28, R29, R33, R33 WF, R36, and R36 WF. The R142As were built as fleet numbers #7211–7810, but only the cars from #7591–7810 are currently R142As; cars #7211–7590 were converted into R188s. A total of 380 R142As were converted into R188s for the 7, while the remaining 220 cars remain unconverted.


The R142A cars were built by Kawasaki at Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan with final assembly performed at Kawasaki Railcar Corp.'s American Facilities located at Lincoln, NE, USA & Yonkers, NY, USA from 1999 through 2004, and have many of the same features as the R142, built by Bombardier. The 400 R142A cars of the main order are numbered #7211–7610; the 120 option cars are numbered #7611–7730. Eighty cars, built under a supplemental contract as the R142S, were built by Kawasaki in 2003-04 to supplement the R142As. They are numbered as #7731–7810. They are mechanically and physically identical to all other R142As, and are considered part of the R142A fleet.

The first ten R142A cars, #7211–7220 were delivered on December 10, 1999. Regular service began on the 6 on July 10, 2000 after several months of testing and resolving all issues. The cars maintained at the Jerome Yard run on the 4 while the cars maintained at the Westchester Yard run on the 6.

Cars #7211–7590 (a total of 380 cars) have been retrofitted with CBTC for Flushing Line CBTC service and were converted to R188s. [3][4][5][6] Cars #7591-7810 (the remaining 220 cars) are to remain unconverted.

R142A cars 7691-7692 were recently give new LCD screens that replace the MTA Arts for Transit cards,[7] similar to a number of R160s that were given this feature.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New York Subway Barn Assignments – November 6, 2016
  2. ^ "Some New Subway Cars Put Into Service Monday" NY1–10 July 2000. Retrieved on 2008-04-24
  3. ^ "NYCT Cars - Current Car Fleet". thejoekorner.com. 
  4. ^ "Image: dsc05585j.jpg, (3456 × 2592 px)". img821.imageshack.us. 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  5. ^ "Image: dsc05671vd.jpg, (3456 × 2592 px)". img109.imageshack.us. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUENJiceIMQ Car #7220 is visible at 3:20 in the video clearly and is also shown in the rest of the video
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnXyuEMSsqE

External links[edit]

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