World's Fair (New York City Subway car)

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Not to be confused with R33 World's Fair or R36 World's Fair, two types of subway cars built for the later 1964–65 World's Fair.
World's Fair Low-V
Manufacturer St. Louis Car Company
Constructed 1938
Number built 50
Number preserved 1
Number scrapped 49
Fleet numbers 5653-5702
Capacity 48 (seating), 154 (standing)
Operator(s) Interborough Rapid Transit
New York City Transit Authority
Car body construction Steel
Car length 51 ft 0 in (15.54 m)
Width 8 ft 11.3125 in (2,726 mm)
Height 11 ft 10.625 in (3,623 mm)
Doors 6
Weight 75,130 lb (34,078 kilograms)
Traction system Westinghouse UP231B with Westinghouse 336A1 traction motors (125 hp each). Two motors per motor truck.
Power output 125 hp (93 kW) per traction motor
Electric system(s) 600 V DC Third rail
Current collection method Top running Contact shoe
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

The World's Fair Lo-V, a New York City Subway car, was built in 1938.[1][page needed] These 50 cars were ordered for IRT Flushing Line service to the 1939 World's Fair. They were modified variants of the standard IRT Steinway/Low-V body, with the "ogee" roof and single-ended single units. They operated on the Flushing Line until 1950 being replaced by the new R12, R14, and R15 subway cars, and were sent to the IRT Pelham Line where they operated until 1956 being replaced by the new R17s. Then they were assigned to the 7th Ave. Bronx Express Line until 1962, when they were deemed surplus by the vast amount of new IRT subway cars being placed into service during this period, and were transferred to the IRT Third Avenue Line in the Bronx, and were retired from there by the heavily modified R12s in late 1969.

Only one car, 5655, has been preserved and restored. It is currently at 207th Street Yard. [2]

See also[edit]

  • Flivver Lo-V, a low voltage propulsion control IRT subway car built in 1915.
  • Steinway Lo-V, a low voltage propulsion control IRT subway car built from 1915 to 1925.
  • Standard Lo-V, a low voltage propulsion control IRT subway car built from 1916 to 1925.


  1. ^ Cudahy, Brian J. (2003). A Century of Subways: Celebrating 100 Years of New York's Underground Railways. New York: Fordham University Press. ISBN 0-8232-2292-6. 
  2. ^

External links[edit]

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