R26/R28/R29

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A random selection of images of the R26-R28-R29
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Collection of: David Pirmann


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Photo by: Steve Hoskins


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Photo by: Paul Polischuk


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Photo by: Joe Testagrose


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Photo by: Joe Testagrose


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Photo by: Joe Testagrose


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Photo by: David Pirmann


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Photo by: Steve Zabel


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Collection of: David Pirmann


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Photo by: Steve Zabel


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DesignationDivisionUnit NumbersManufacturerYears
R26IRT7750-7859American Car & Foundry1959-60
R28IRT7860-7959American Car & Foundry1960-61
R29IRT8570-8805St. Louis Car1962-63

The R26/28 cars were the oldest of the Redbirds, with the first cars being built in 1959. These cars were rebuilt by Morrison-Knudsen from 1985 to 1987. Because of their deterioration and wear-and-tear throughout the years of hard work, they were the first Redbird cars in 2001 to be stripped, reefed, and replaced by the R142/142A cars. As a matter of fact, many of these cars were in very bad condition, especially the #7800 series cars, which all had to be scrapped. Things were so bad that besides severe rusting, some cars suffered serious mechanical problems. Therefore, almost all of the R26/28 cars have been dumped in the Atlantic Ocean to serve as artificial reefs.

Like the R26 and the R28 cars, the R29s also suffered deterioration and overwork, especially those on the IRT #6 Pelham line (cars 8570-8690). These cars were also rebuilt by Morrison-Knudsen in 1985 to 1987. By early 2002, there were no more R29s operating on that line. Redbirds that ran on some occasions on the #6 line after the R29s were scrapped were mainly cars borrowed from the Lexington Avenue Express lines. The rest of the R29s (IRT #5 assigned cars, 8691-8805) were better off than their Pelham counterparts, but like the other Redbirds, also suffered rusting. Many of these cars had number plates that were often corroded and worn. These cars ran along with R26/28 cars.

Before these cars were retired, a number of these cars served in work service. Cars 7818-19 and 7846-47 were used for a brief period as Refuse Collection Cars in 2002. These cars reportedly went back to passenger service but were eventually stripped and reefed. Also in 2002 during the summer months, cars 7848-49 were used as temporary school cars at the south side of East 180th Street Yard at the end of Track 10. The pair was reportedly mechanically dead in November 2002 and remained in the yard through March 2003, with the front end signed for the IRT #5 - Dyre Avenue line. These cars were later scrapped. The last R26/28 cars to be reefed were cars 7862-63 in October 2003.

Some R29s were also in work service for a while. In 2001, the MTA tested out four Pelham-assigned cars for switch dolly work service. These were cars 8600-01 and 8634-35. But for some reason, after only a few months, the MTA opted to strip the cars and reef them. In November 2002, cars 8716-17 and 8718-19 were used for work service. They were first seen operating along with Rail Adhesion Car R33 #8885. These cars were also stripped and reefed sometime in 2003. The only R29s that exist today are Pelham-assigned cars 8678-79 as part of the Unionport Redbirds consist, the last two cars on the north end. --Omar Pagan.

Car Notes

  Preserved
(Or Saved for Preservation)
  Converted to Work Service
(Might Still Exist)
  Wrecked/Damaged in Accident
(Possibly Repaired)
7888-7889, 8696-8697 4/12/2000: Derailed north of 59th Street, repaired and returned to service. 7888-7889 scrapped in July 2002, 8696-8697 scrapped in December 2001.
7924-7925 Still on the property as of 1/2004, future use unknown. Stored at Unionport Yard. This pair of cars retained its original windows, instead of the ones installed during the early 1990's rebuild project.


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Photo by: Anthony Maimone

     
7926-7927 At Illinois Railway Museum, outside Chicago. Arrived at IRM on 7/19/2007. Before this date, the cars sat idle on NYCT property for almost three years. The cars experienced some grafitti and some paint chipping, revealing a possible all-white scheme. They were taken to Illinois by freight rail.


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Photo by: J. Dresner


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Photo by: J. Dresner

   
8678-8679 Still on the property as of 1/2004, future use unknown. Stored at Unionport Yard.
8686-8687 Had experimental lightweight trucks for a period in the 1960s.
8706 8/26/1996: Derailed on switch 11, 239th St. Yard (8th car in consist of 20); minor damage sustained. Repaired and returned to service. Scrapped in July 2001.

R26 MDBF

DateMean Distance
Between Failure (Miles)
05/199447115
06/199793957
07/199747932
12 Months Ending 07/199758254
12 Months Ending 11/199961212
12 Months Ending 12/200153628
12 Months Ending 12/200266256

R28 MDBF

DateMean Distance
Between Failure (Miles)
05/199447115
06/199787105
07/199770051
12 Months Ending 07/199759685
12 Months Ending 11/199959306
12 Months Ending 12/200168140
12 Months Ending 12/2002105749

R29 MDBF

DateMean Distance
Between Failure (Miles)
05/199447115
06/199738611
07/199771156
12 Months Ending 07/199761520
12 Months Ending 11/199973697
12 Months Ending 12/200167459
12 Months Ending 12/2002214207

Roster/Images by Car Number

7750 7751 7752 7753 7754 7755 7756 7757 7758 7759 7760 7761 7762 7763 7764 7765 7766 7767 7768 7769 7770 7771 7772 7773 7774 7775 7776 7777 7778 7779 7780 7781 7782 7783 7784 7785 7786 7787 7788 7789 7790 7791 7792 7793 7794 7795 7796 7797 7798 7799 7800 7801 7802 7803 7804 7805 7806 7807 7808 7809 7810 7811 7812 7813 7814 7815 7816 7817 7818 7819 7820 7821 7822 7823 7824 7825 7826 7827 7828 7829 7830 7831 7832 7833 7834 7835 7836 7837 7838 7839 7840 7841 7842 7843 7844 7845 7846 7847 7848 7849 7850 7851 7852 7853 7854 7855 7856 7857 7858 7859 (54/110, 49% cars pictured.)
7860 7861 7862 7863 7864 7865 7866 7867 7868 7869 7870 7871 7872 7873 7874 7875 7876 7877 7878 7879 7880 7881 7882 7883 7884 7885 7886 7887 7888 7889 7890 7891 7892 7893 7894 7895 7896 7897 7898 7899 7900 7901 7902 7903 7904 7905 7906 7907 7908 7909 7910 7911 7912 7913 7914 7915 7916 7917 7918 7919 7920 7921 7922 7923 7924 7925 7926 7927 7928 7929 7930 7931 7932 7933 7934 7935 7936 7937 7938 7939 7940 7941 7942 7943 7944 7945 7946 7947 7948 7949 7950 7951 7952 7953 7954 7955 7956 7957 7958 7959 (44/100, 44% cars pictured.)
8570 8571 8572 8573 8574 8575 8576 8577 8578 8579 8580 8581 8582 8583 8584 8585 8586 8587 8588 8589 8590 8591 8592 8593 8594 8595 8596 8597 8598 8599 8600 8601 8602 8603 8604 8605 8606 8607 8608 8609 8610 8611 8612 8613 8614 8615 8616 8617 8618 8619 8620 8621 8622 8623 8624 8625 8626 8627 8628 8629 8630 8631 8632 8633 8634 8635 8636 8637 8638 8639 8640 8641 8642 8643 8644 8645 8646 8647 8648 8649 8650 8651 8652 8653 8654 8655 8656 8657 8658 8659 8660 8661 8662 8663 8664 8665 8666 8667 8668 8669 8670 8671 8672 8673 8674 8675 8676 8677 8678 8679 8680 8681 8682 8683 8684 8685 8686 8687 8688 8689 8690 8691 8692 8693 8694 8695 8696 8697 8698 8699 8700 8701 8702 8703 8704 8705 8706 8707 8708 8709 8710 8711 8712 8713 8714 8715 8716 8717 8718 8719 8720 8721 8722 8723 8724 8725 8726 8727 8728 8729 8730 8731 8732 8733 8734 8735 8736 8737 8738 8739 8740 8741 8742 8743 8744 8745 8746 8747 8748 8749 8750 8751 8752 8753 8754 8755 8756 8757 8758 8759 8760 8761 8762 8763 8764 8765 8766 8767 8768 8769 8770 8771 8772 8773 8774 8775 8776 8777 8778 8779 8780 8781 8782 8783 8784 8785 8786 8787 8788 8789 8790 8791 8792 8793 8794 8795 8796 8797 8798 8799 8800 8801 8802 8803 8804 8805 (116/236, 49% cars pictured.)
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