R46 at Transit Museum?

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R46 at Transit Museum?

Postby trainbrain » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:46 pm


Was on youtube and found this video taken in November 2011. I know the Transit Museum has an R44 (5240), but this is definitely an R46 because the number is in the 6000's. All R44's had numbers in the 5000's (except the SIR ones). Does anyone remember this or have any idea why they would've put an R46 there when they were and still are in active service?
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Re: R46 at Transit Museum?

Postby Backshophoss » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:58 am

It's common that a pair of" in service" car fleet is a transit museum exhibit,they stay in for a few months then an other car type is
swapped in. So it's possible that a pair of R-46's/ R-160's could be on exhibit at the transit museum at any time.
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Re: R46 at Transit Museum?

Postby GirlOnTheTrain » Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:48 am

The platform looks weird with gaping holes when stuff is out on trips, hanging around 207, etc. so I've noticed they'll stick anything in there to fill the gaps.

It's just as ridiculous to have 42s in there (which they did this past weekend) considering those too are still in service.

I still think we're a ways off from seeing the 160s in there...although it's weird to think that someday they'll be running fan trips on those too!
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Re: R46 at Transit Museum?

Postby trainbrain » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:19 am

At least the 42's are going to be retired in the near future.
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Re: R46 at Transit Museum?

Postby MACTRAXX » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:58 am

TB (and Everyone:)

Back during the Bicentennial year of 1976 - and when the Transit Museum was new - there were two then-new R46
cars on display with a special Bicentennial color stripe applied along with the MTA's dual "M/M Bicentennial" logo.

Four pictures of these two R46 cars which were temporarily numbered 1776 and 1976:

There is precedence to having in-service new car types at the Transit Museum which is one way to "introduce" them
to NYC Transit enthusiasts and visitors alike to the MTA Transit Museum. This subject is appropriate being that today
is the 4th of July - hard to believe that this is now 41 years ago... :wink:

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Re: R46 at Transit Museum?

Postby Allan » Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:41 pm

Well put but I just want to point out that when opened in 1976 it was the 'New York Transit Exhibit'. There was no intention to keep the exhibit going beyond September 1976. The public response to the exhibit was so overwhelming that the exhibit stayed open and sometime in the later part of the 1980's (IIRC) the exhibit was "morphed" into a formal Museum. Memberships were not offered until 1995 (I am a Charter Member).
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