R8A (New York City Subway car)

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"R8A" redirects here. For the Canadian postal code, see List of R postal codes of Canada. For the haplogroup, see Haplogroup R (mtDNA). For the road, see List of highways numbered 8.
In service 1939-1970s
Manufacturer St. Louis Car Company
Constructed 1939
Number built 2
Capacity 9 (???)
Operator(s) New York City Subway
Car length 44 feet 7 12 inches (13.6 m)
Width 10 feet (3.05 m)
Height 12 feet 1 1516 inches (3.71 m))
Weight 59,640 pounds (27,052 kg)
Electric system(s) 600 V DC Third rail
Current collection method Contact shoe
Braking system(s) Westinghouse Air Brake Company electro-pneumatic brake
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

R8A was a class of New York City Subway revenue cars built in 1939 by the St. Louis Car Company, and used to gather and transport tokens from stations along the IND division. 66 and 67 were the only two cars built. Being blind motors, the cars were usually towed around by a set of out of service R1-9 cars. 66 was last operated in 1970, after which it was removed from service, and sent to Jamaica Yard Training Services, to be used as a shed. It was removed some time before 1990, and scrapped. Car 67 was used as a school car, until it was scrapped in April 1986.

At one point, 66 and 67 were renumbered 20176 and 20177. Then, in the 1970s, they were again renumbered 30176 and 30177.

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