List of New York City Subway R-type contracts

This is a list of all R-type contracts in the New York City Subway.[1]


Contract number Unit number Manufacturer Year manufactured
R1 100–399 American Car & Foundry 1930–1931
R2 Trucks and motors for R1
R3 16 service and MOW cars for the IND
R4 400–899 American Car & Foundry 1932–1933
R5 Trucks and motors for R4
R6-3 900–1149 American Car & Foundry 1935–1936
R6-2 1150–1299 Pullman 1936
R6-1 1300–1399 Pressed Steel Co. 1936
R7 1400–1474 American Car & Foundry 1937
R7 1475–1549 Pullman 1937
R7A 1550–1599 Pullman 1938
R7A 1600–1649 American Car & Foundry 1938
R8 Crane car
R8A 66–67 (revenue collection cars, blind motors, renumbered 20176-20177 in 1966) St. Louis Car 1939
R9 1650–1701 Pullman 1940
R9 1702–1802 Pressed Steel Co. 1940
R10 1803–1852, 3000–3349 (renumbered 2950–3349 in 1970) American Car & Foundry 1948
R11 8010–8019 Budd 1949
R12 5703–5802 American Car & Foundry 1948
R13 Allocated to a track cleaning unit purchase, never purchased
R14 5803–5952 American Car & Foundry 1949
R15 5953–5999, 6200–6252 American Car & Foundry 1950


Contract number Unit number Manufactured Year manufactured
R16 6300–6499 American Car & Foundry 1954–1955
R17 6500–6899 St. Louis Car 1954–1956
R18 Allocated to a pump and hose car purchase, never purchased
R19 Diesel loco for pump car, never purchased
R20 38 misc. service and MOW cars
R21 7050–7299 St. Louis Car 1956–1957
R22 7300–7749 St. Louis Car 1957–1958
R23 30 hopper cars for MOW
R24 Wheel truing machines (2)
R25 Wheel truing machine (1)
R26 7750–7859 American Car & Foundry 1959–1960
R27 8020–8249 St. Louis Car 1960–1961
R28 7860–7959 American Car & Foundry 1960–1961


Contract number Unit number Manufactured Year manufactured
R29 8570–8805 St. Louis Car 1962–1963
R30 8250–8351 St. Louis Car 1961
R30A 8352–8411 St. Louis Car 1961
R30 8412–8569 St. Louis Car 1962
R31 Vacuum cleaning unit
R32 3350–3649 Budd 1964
R32A 3650–3949 Budd 1965
R33 ML 8806–9305 St. Louis Car 1962–1963
R33 WF 9306–9345 St. Louis Car 1962–1963
R34 (contract number assigned to R11 rebuilds) 1965
R35 15 misc service and MOW cars
R36 ML 9524–9557 St. Louis Car 1963–1964
R36 ML 9558–9769 St. Louis Car 1964'
R36 WF 9346–9523 St. Louis Car 1963–1964
R37 4 diesel-electric locomotives
R38 3950–4149 St. Louis Car 1966–1967
R39 Allocated to a lightweight car purchase for elevated service, never purchased
R40 4150–4349 (Originally 4150–4249, 4350–4449) St. Louis Car 1968–1969
R40A 4350–4449 (Originally 4450-4549) - slant-ended cars St. Louis Car 1968–1969
R40A 4450–4549 (Originally 4250–4349) - straight-ended cars St. Louis Car 1969
R41 6 diesel-electric locomotives
R42 4550–4949 St. Louis Car 1969–1970


Contract number Unit number Manufactured Year manufactured
R43 3 diesel-electric locomotives
R44 5202–5479 (Originally 100–387) St. Louis Car 1971–1973
R44SI 388–435, 436–466 (even) (SIRT) St. Louis Car 1971–1973
R45 2 crane cars
R46 5482–6258 (Originally 500–1227 (all), 1228–1278 (even)) Pullman 1974–1975
R47 8 diesel-electric locomotives
R48 1 Rail Derrick Car
R49 20 Flat Cars
R50 2 Supply Car (not purchased; included in R74 Contract)
R51 18 Flat Cars
R52 12 Diesel-Electric Locomotives
R53 5 Crane Cars
R54 1–2 Supply Cars (not purchased)
R55 Passenger Cars (not purchased) later became R68's & R68A's
R56 1 Two-Car Rail Welding Unit
R57 1 Self-Propelled Crane
R58 27 Refuse Flat Cars
R59 1 Track Geometry Car
R60 1 Track Gang Car (Canceled)
R61 2 Diesel Crane Cars
R62 1301–1625 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 1983–1985
R62A 1651–2475 Bombardier 1984–1987
R63 Not Rolling Stock contract (Car Sign Modernization)
R64 Door Operator Mechanism
R65 PC01-PC03 (pump cars) Kawasaki Heavy Industries 1989
R66 3 Tank Cars
R67 Fabricated trucks (four designs for R84 to R87 inclusive)
R68 2500–2924 Westinghouse-Amrail 1986–1988
R68A 5001–5200 Kawasaki Heavy Industries 1988–1989


Contract number Use
R69 Prototype of Air Conditioning for 8 "B" Division Cars (not purchased) (presumably the GE GOH R32's)
R70 20 Ballast Cars (not purchased)
R71 20 Rider Cars, 3 Hose Cars, 6 Reach Cars, (conversion of cars from R81 contract)
R72 24 Flat Cars (4 from R82 Contract)
R73 3 Crane Cars
R74 2 Signal Supply Cars (from R50 Contract)
R75 5 Diesel Locomotives (not purchased)
R76 Door modernization 900 cars (R27, R28, R29, R30, R32)
R77 20 Diesel Locomotives
R77E 10 Electric Locomotives (5 from R83Contract)
R78 1 Rail Grinding Car
R79 1 Self-Propelled Rail Changer
R80 18 Hopper Cars
R81 conversion of 10 Passenger Cars to Rider Cars (incorporated into R71 contract)
R82 4 Flat Cars (incorporated into R72 Contract)
R83 5 Electric Locomotives (incorporated into R77E Contract)
R84 through R87 2 Prototype Trucks, 8 Production Trucks (production trucks cancelled)
R88 14 Rail Car Movers (1 purchased)
R89 1 Rail Grinding Car
R90 through R93 Pilot Overhauls, 4 cars
R94 Used Flat Cars (Cancelled)
R95 10 Revenue Collection Cars, 10 Locker Cars
R96 Overhaul 43 Flat Cars
R97 1 Vacuum Train (Cancelled)
R98 Retrofit Traction Motors
R99 Overhaul 236 R29 Passenger Cars
R100 2 Crane Cars (Not Purchased)
R101 30 Reconditioned Flat Cars
R102 9 Ten-ton Crane Cars (3 from R119 Contract)
R103 3 Side Dump Cars
R104 Upgrade and Overhaul 13 Locomotives, Upgrade 22 Locomotives
R105 1 Ballast Distributor
R106 New Car Design: Future Cars (incorporated into R110 Contract)
R107 New Car Design: Lightweight Trucks
R108 New Car Design: Propulsion Controls
R109 New Car Design: Auxiliary Systems
R110A New Tech. Test Train A Division – Design
R110B New Tech. Test Train B Division – Design
R111 Purchase 2 Cranes
R112 1 Dynamometer for Track Testing (Not Purchased)
R113 12 Three-Ton Crane Cars
R114 20 Flat Cars (Cancelled)
R115 Develop and Test Prototype Air Conditioning Unit (Cancelled)
R116 10 Hopper Cars (3 from R118 Contract)
R117 10 Diesel-Electric Locomotives (Canceled) Design Stage for R120
R118 3 Hopper Cars (Incorporated into R116 Contract)
R119 2 Ten-Ton Crane Cars (Incorporated into R102 Contract)
R120 7 Diesel-Electric Locomotives
R121 Overhaul 22 Flat Cars and 2 Crane cars
R122 Overhaul 18 R51 Flat Cars
R123 Convert 16 passenger cars to 2 continuous welded rail train
R124 3 Tampers (Track and Structures purchases)
R125 1 Ballast Regulator (Track and Structures Purchases)
R126 Overhaul 20 Diesel Electric Locomotives (8 R47 & 12 R52)
R127 EP001-EP010 (Refuse train propulsion units) (Kawasaki)
R128 Overhaul 2 continuous welded rail trains
R129 Overhead Cranes (for shop)
R130 (aka R110A) 8001–8010 (Kawasaki Heavy Industries, 1992)
R131 (aka R110B) 3001–3009 (Bombardier, 1992)
R132 Planning MW104111- replace Coney Island Yard Cranes
R133 Overhaul 27 R58 Refuse Flat Cars
R134 EP011-EP018 (Refuse train propulsion units) (Kawasaki)
R135 Overhaul Four Diesel Locomotives
R136 Upgrade/Repair 2 Track Geometry Cars
R137 Vacuum Cleaning Train (for track maintenance)
R138 Overhaul 18 Hopper cars
R139 Overhaul 4 refuse flat cars
R140 Overhaul 1 rail grinding train
R141 Recondition 24 NYCT flat cars and 6 SIR flat cars


Contract number Unit number Manufactured Year manufactured
R142 (Primary order) 6301–6980 Bombardier 1999–2003 (Ordered in January 1997)
R142 (Option order) 6981–7180 & 1101–1250 Bombardier 2000 (Ordered in March 1997)
R142A (Primary order) 7211–7610 Kawasaki 1999–2004 (Ordered in August 1997)
R142A (Option order) 7611–7730 Kawasaki 2002 (Ordered in October 1997)
R142A (Option order) 7731–7810 Kawasaki 2003-2004
R143* (Primary order) 8101–8200 Kawasaki 2001–2003 (Ordered in 1998)
R143* (Option order) 8201–8312 Kawasaki 2001–2003 (Ordered in 1998)
R144 Purchase heavy shop equipment Ordered in 1998
R145 Overhaul 24 R72 flat cars Ordered in 1998
R146 Snow removal cars Ordered in 1999
R148 4 Switch and production tampers Ordered in 1999
R149 Overhaul 9 crane cars (deactivated) Ordered in 1999
R153 40 Redbirds to be converted to transition and rider cars Ordered in 1999
R155 Overhaul of 12 R113 3 ton cranes and 9 R102 10 ton cranes Ordered in 1999
R156 28 new diesel electric locomotives 2012+
R157 54 new flats cars (includes 16 cars for continuously welded rail) Ordered in 2001
R159 Overhaul 9 hose and reach cars Ordered in 2001
R160A* (4 car sets) 8313–8376 Alstom 2005–2010
R160A (4 car sets) 8377–8652 & 9943–9974 Alstom 2005–2010 (Ordered in 2003)
R160A (5 car sets) 8653–8712 & 9233–9802 Alstom 2005–2010 (Ordered in 2003)
R160B 8713–9232 & 9803–9942 Kawasaki 2005–2010 (Ordered in 2003)
R161 42 Rider/Transition Cars (Made in January 2000)
R162 12 new crane cars Part of 2007 Order
R164 Funding for R188 option cars Part of 2008 Order
R169 Procure 2 AC Dynamometers Part of 2008 Order
R170 3 Overhead Cranes Part of 2009 Order
R172 2 Ballast Regulators Part of 2009 Order
R174 19 diesel electric locomotives (same as R156) – 28 total for two contracts Part of 2009 Order
R175 Replace Shop Equipment Part of 2009 Order
R177 Purchase vacuum train #3 (In Pre-Design phase) Part of 2010 Order
R179* 300 passenger cars, fleet numbers unknown Bombardier 2014–2017 (Part of MTA 2010-2014 Capital Program)
R181 207th Street O/H Shop Cranes & Equipment Part of MTA 2010-2014 Capital Program
R182 AC/DC Traction Motor Dynamometers Part of MTA 2010-2014 Capital Program
R188* Conversion Sets: 7211–7590
New Sets: 7811–7898
New "C" Cars: 7899–7936
Kawasaki 2011–2016 (Part of MTA 2010-2014 Capital Program)
  • An asterisk * signifies car types with CBTC.
  • Not included in this table is R211.
  • Car types that currently have CBTC: R143, R160A, and R188.
    • Only sixty-four R160As (8313–8376) have CBTC as of 2013; the rest of the R160As will be equipped with CBTC in the future.
  • Car types that will have CBTC in the future: R142, R142A, R160B, R179, and R211. All future rolling stock will also get CBTC.


1. ^ The R83 was also a proposed subway car that would have been built for the New York City Subway. If this car would have been built, it would have had the R46 body and the R68 controls. Its maximum speed would have been 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).


  1. ^ R-TYPE CARS 1932 to PRESENT

Further reading

  • Sansone, Gene. Evolution of New York City subways: An illustrated history of New York City's transit cars, 1867–1997. New York Transit Museum Press, New York, 1997. ISBN 978-0-9637492-8-4.
  • Kramer, Frederick A. Building the Independent Subway. Quadrant Press, Inc.; New York, 1990. ISBN 0-915276-50-X
  • Cudahy, Brian J. Under the Sidewalks of New York: The Story of the Greatest Subway System in the World, 2nd Revised Edition. Fordham University Press, New York, 1995. ISBN 0-8232-1618-7
  • Dougherty, Peter J. Tracks of the New York City Subway, version 4.2. 2007

External links

  • New York City Subway Cars
  • Pre-Unification Cars (BMT)
  • Pre-Unification Cars (IRT)
  • R-Type Cars 1932 to 1987
  • R-Type Cars 1999 to Present (NTT)
  • 'R' Type Roster (includes non-train contracts)
  • Forgotten NY Subway Link
  • IRT Car Assignments - June 16, 2014
  • BMT-IND Car Assignments - September 28, 2014
  • New York City Subway Car Fleet June 2010 through June 2014
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