Here is a list of the subway cars built by and for the old BMT subway.
BMT stood for the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation which operated all of
the lines now called the BMT OR B1 Division of the NYCTA.
There were two main types of cars ordered through the years by the BMT. Most of the cars (950) came to be known as the BMT Standards. The remaining cars were articulated, that is each two car bodies shared one truck at one end.
Link to all of the BMT pre-WWII fleet from the New York Subways Resources Web pages.
(as delivered or by 1923)
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|Total Standard motor cars:||900|
|Total Standard trailer cars:||50|
|Total Standard cars||950|
all with A,B,C,B1,A1 designations
|Total Multi types:||25|
|Total Clark Cars||6|
|Total Experimental||3 types
|Green Hornet, Zephyr, & Bluebirds|
1953 (to BMT)
|2925-2929||5||SIRT Trailers||StStl||Trailers were never used in service|
|Total SIRT Cars||30|
|Total BMT Cars||1134|
|CODE||NAME||All Standrds||D TYPE||MULTI||EXPMTL||SIRT||TOTAL|
|AC&F||American Car and Foundry||600||600|
|Budd||Budd Car Company||1||1|
|Clark||Clark Equipment Company||6||6|
|PrSt||Pressed Steel Car Company||300||50||121||471|
|PSCo||Pullman Standard Company||15||1||16|
|StL||St. Louis Car Company||10||10|
|StStl||Standard Steel Car Company||25||5||30|
BMT Standards Car Type key:
BMT Standards very inovative in subway car design, with glass all around
the car body including door pockets and the offside front panel. Drop
longitudinal benches could provide additional seating by closing off door
panels during off peak service and end doors could be opened throughout the
train from the conductors position.
Some of the changes were done by the BMT in the 1919-1924 time frame. Other changes were made by the Board of Transportation and Transit Authority between the early 1950s and 1960.
As the original group were delivered, a conductor was required in each car. As the cars were unitized, the conductor positions that were left operational were able to control all of the doors in the train. Eight cars trains retained two conductors until 1958.
It should be noted that two cars were involved in an accident and were scrapped and replaced by two additional cars in the last group built. This would have made the total number of A motor cars 902, but the car numbers of the two scrapped cars are not available and their numbers were probably reused on the replacement cars.
An eight car train would be made of 2 B and /or BX sets and one BT set or two A cars.
Some of the inormation below is taken from Evolution of the New York City Subway Car.
Notes about other BMT subway cars:
- The JoeKorNer
All photos are from the MTA New York City Transit archives. These GIF files were scanned from offset press prints, thus the quality of the reproduction varies with your monitor and video card capabilities.