Steinway (New York City Subway car)

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Steinway Lo-V
Manufacturer Pressed Steel Car Company, American Car and Foundry, Pullman Company
Constructed 1915-1925
Number built 138 cars (138 motors)
Fleet numbers 4025-4036, 4215-4222, 4555-4576, 4700-4718, 4720-4771, 5628-5652 (all motors)
Capacity 196: 44 (seated) 152 (standing)
Operator(s) Interborough Rapid Transit Company
New York City Transit Authority
Car body construction Steel
Car length 51 ft 6 in (15.70 m)
Width 8 feet 11 516 inches (2.73 m)
Height 12 feet (3.66 m)
Floor height 3 ft 2 18 in (0.97 m)
Doors 6
Maximum speed 60 mph (97 km/h)
Weight ~ 74,000 lb (33,600 kg)
Traction system Motor car: Westinghouse 577, General Electric 260 Air Compressor: WABCO D-2-F
Prime mover(s) electric motor
Power output 105 hp (78 kW) (WH 302, one car), 120 hp (89 kW) (WH 302F, 302F1, GE 240C, 259)
Electric system(s) 600 V DC Third rail
Current collection method Top running Contact shoe
Braking system(s) WABCO Schedule AMUE with UE-5 universal valve, ME-23 brake stand, and simplex clasp brake rigging
Coupling system WABCO J
Headlight type incandescent light bulbs
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

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 1938 World's Fair Cars.

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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