The R160 Subway Cars

The R160s are the newest Subway Cars. They consist of two separate orders: R160A which is being built by Alstom, and R160B which is being built by Kawasaki. Currently only 1 ten-car train of two 5 car sets of R143Bs has been delivered. Cars will also be delivered in 4 car sets for the BMT Eastern division (L,J,M,Z) which can only accommodate 8 cars. The one train that has been delivered is currently undergoing extensive testing on the Rockaway Flats test track located just north of the Broad Channel Station. The cars are almost identical to the R143s except for different propulsion, double end doors (like the R142s), and no information side on the other side of the outside side destination sign. (The R143s have this and it displays service announcements). Instead their is just an advertising panel like on the R142s. Everything else looked the same in my looking into the train as it stopped to reverse from the test track to go back to Pitkin Yard on the Rockaway-bound track at Broad Channel. No strip maps have been installed so the first line it will be going to are still a mystery. At each door their were large chucks of 300 pound (at least they all said 300 on them) metal blocks on plywood. These are to stimulate weight. All advertising panels were blank and some incomplete where strip maps will be. The longitudinal seats all had white rope across them. They also have new information pannels, that can easily change between lines.

As of September 17, 2006 one 10 Car train is running on the A for the 30-day acceptance test

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(r160b1) R160B #8717 leading the intial test train enters Broad Channel, to reverse from the Rockaway Test Track to reach its spot in Pitkin Yard. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 30 September, 2005 (r160b2) R160B #8717 on the initial test train reverses at Broad Channel. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 30 September, 2005 (r160b3) R160B #8717 on the initial test train at Broad Channel not in service. Also R32 #3850 is in the station on a not in service 8 car train of R32s signed up as C. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 30 September, 2005 (r160b4) The oldest cars and the newest cars at Broad Channel: Not-in-service R32 #3767 with the flip-dot sign at "X" passes R160B #8717 reversing on the inital test train. Both are trying to get inbound and clogging traffic. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 30 September, 2005
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(r160b5) R160B #8713 on the initial test train at Broad Channel. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 30 September, 2005 (r160b6) R160B #8713 on the initial test train at Broad Channel. An 8 Car Not-in-service train of R32s is also in the station. The Driver of that train as walked back and opened the door of R32 #3442 to find out who is leaving first. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 30 September, 2005 (r160b7) R160B #8713 on the Queens-bound abandoned side track at Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street, at an open house to introduce the new FIND station display system. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 29 November, 2005 (r160b8) The abandoned side platform at Hoyt-Schmerhorn Street, the dim platform is quite crowded with R160 #8713 at the find open house. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 29 November, 2005
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(r160b9) Looking down the dark abandoned platform at Hoyt-Schmerhorn Streets at the FIND open house. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 29 November, 2005
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(r160int1) The FIND display, a new feature of the R160. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 29 November, 2005 (r160int2) Looking down the FIND display set to the A train at 14th Street, with the video monitor in view. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 29 November, 2005 (r160int3) The Confentional LED Next Stop displays on the R160 set to L. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 29 November, 2005 (r160int4) Looking down the crowded R160 Subway Car with everyone wanting to figure out what the big deal is about the FIND display. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 29 November, 2005

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