R36 (New York City Subway car)

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An R36 ML train covered in graffiti on the "1" train service at 125th Street in September 1973
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Cars 9333 (R33 World's Fair) and 9533 (R36) are visible on the "6" train platform at Hunts Point Avenue in 2002, shortly before their retirement
Manufacturer St. Louis Car Company
Built at St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Constructed 1964
Entered service 1964
Refurbishment 1985
Scrapped 2001-2003
Number built 34
Number preserved 2
Number scrapped 32
Formation Married Pairs
Fleet numbers 9524-9557
Capacity 44 (seated)
Operator(s) New York City Subway
Car body construction LAHT (Low Alloy High Tensile) steel
Car length 51.04 feet (15.56 m)
Width 8.75 feet (2,667 mm)
Height 11.86 feet (3,615 mm)
Doors 6
Weight 69,400 lb (31,500 kg)
Traction system Westinghouse XCA248 with Westinghouse 1447C motors (4/car, 100 hp or 75 kW)
Acceleration 2.5 mph/s
Deceleration 3.0 mph/s
Auxiliaries Converter
Electric system(s) 600 V DC Third rail
Current collection method Contact shoe
Braking system(s) WABCO, "SMEE" (electrodynamic)
Safety system(s) emergency brakes
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The R36 was a New York City Subway car built in 1964 by the St. Louis Car Company for the A Division. They are a "follow-up" or supplemental stock to the R33s and closely resemble them. The cars were also referred to as R36MLs (R36 Main Line) to distinguish them from the R36WFs.


The R36s were numbered 9524-9557. The R36s, very much like the R33s, were similar in that they sported drop-sash side windows, differentiating them from the large picture windows of the World's Fair cars. Though the cars were originally delivered without air conditioning, all cars in this series received air conditioning as part of a retrofitting program in 1982.


The R36s entered service on the 4 on July 24, 1964.[1]

The R36s ran on the IRT main lines (Broadway – Seventh Avenue and Lexington Avenue) - mainly on the 1 and 3 - until their overhauls. After overhauls, they were transferred to the 7 from 1984 to 1988, and were transferred to the 6 from 1988 to 2001. During this time, some cars also provided occasional service on the 4 route, which occasionally uses equipment borrowed from the 6.


In 1998, the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) announced that it would begin phasing out the last Redbird cars (R26, R28, R29, R33, R36) with the R142 and R142A cars. The R36s were then returned to the 7 before being retired and replaced by the R142As by 2003. The last R36 pair, 9542-9543, ran on the 7 until August 2003.

All but one pair of R36 MLs were reefed. With the arrival of the R142As on the 6, the R36 MLs were transferred over to the 7.

After retirement, all but one pair of cars (two cars) were stripped and sunk as artificial reefs. The only pair that remains today is 9542-9543, which has been held for the New York Transit Museum since 2004. This pair is currently stored at the 207th Street Yard.

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  1. ^ Dj Hammers (2017-06-20), ⁴ᴷ R36ML Museum Cars and Steeplecab 6 being Transferred to 207th St Yard, retrieved 2017-07-22 

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