The R46 is a New York City Subway car model built from 1975 to 1978 by the Pullman Standard in Chicago, Illinois for the IND/BMT B Division. Along with the previous R44s, the R46s are 75 feet (22.86 m) long.

Description Edit

The R46s are numbered 5482-6258. The R46 order consisted of 752 single cars. The cars cost about $285,000 each. The first two trains of R46s were placed in service on the F and N on July 14, 1975, with a brief ceremony at the 34th Street–Herald Square station, attended by Mayor Abraham D. Beame and MTA Chairman David Yunich. The fleet is infamous for having had frequent problems in the first decade of service. During the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial celebration, cars 680 and 681 had white, red and blue star bands on their bases and were respectively renumbered 1776 and 1976.

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Currently, the cars maintained at Pitkin Avenue Shop in East New York, Brooklyn run on the A and C; the others are maintained at Jamaica Shop in Kew Gardens, Queens, running on the F and R.

History Edit

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On June 27, 2017, cars 6150-6153 were involved in a derailment north of 125th Street while in service on the A. Cars 6150-6151 suffered body damage as they collided with tunnel columns, and the whole set was taken out of service. It is currently being repaired at the Coney Island Overhaul Shop and is expected to return to service a few months later from now.

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