Bon Voyage: Old Subway Cars Float off Across New York Harbor

It’s the end of the line for many of the old subway cars that remain in New York City rail yards.

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One World Trade Center in Manhattan is visible from a railroad barge carrying retired 1960s-era R-32 subway cars through New York Harbor in New York, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Crews are taking the old subway cars to an Ohio scrapyard as the MTA installs new R-179 train cars into the city's sprawling subway system. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
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NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the end of the line for many of the old subway cars that remain in New York City rail yards. When New York City put R-32s into service in the mid-1960s, people called the shiny new train cars “Brightliners.” Over several decades, millions of people have traveled on R-32s, but the days when the iconic stainless steel cars were used to transport passengers are long gone. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority,…

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