St. Louis Car Company R42 Subway Car
This is still a work in progress. You've already seen the R160B subway train on the bottom. I added the R42 subway train on the top. I still need…
This is still a work in progress. You've already seen the R160B subway train on the bottom. I added the R42 subway train on the top. I still need to add the tracks and more shading. The R42's were built by St. Louis Car Company between 1969 and 1970 and the first of them entered service on May 9th, 1969 on a mixed train on the N l...ine. They were the first fleet to be fully equipped with air conditioning and were the last class of cars to be built in married pairs. They were also the last of the 60 foot cars until 2001 with the introduction of the R143 on the L line. A train of R42's were also featured in a famous car chase in the 1971 movie, "The French Connection" in which a police officer chased a train on the elevated West End Line (today's D line) from the street below. They were completely overhauled between 1988 and 1989 by Morrison Knudsen and the Coney Island shops where they recieved brand new doors as well as a completely new interior and they became the backbone of the Eastern Division (L, M, J and Z lines). The R160 series (pictured below) were intended to replace the entire R42 fleet however because of structural issues on the R44's (A line), it was decided that they would replace them instead leaving only a handful of R42's still serving weekday rush hour service on the J and Z lines to this day. In this picture, a ten car trainset of R42's speed towards Manhattan on the express tracks of the Brighton Line on the B line. This was drawn completely from a common black office ball point pen.
Published: March 25, 2011