BMT PRE-WWII CARS

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.

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Link to all of the BMT pre-WWII fleet from the New York Subways Resources Web pages.

CAR NUMBERS COUNT TYPE
(as delivered or by 1923)
MFGR YEAR PHOTO
2000-2099 100 A AC&F 1914 BMT Standard
B Type on Brighton Line
2100-2199 100 A AC&F 1915
2200-2299 100 A AC&F 1916
2300-2399 100 A AC&F 1917
2400-2499 100 BT AC&F 1918
2500-2599 100 A AC&F 1919
2600-2699 100 A PrSt 1920
2700-2749 50 A PrSt 1921
2750-2799 50 B
2800-2899 100 B PrSt 1922
Total Standard motor cars: 900      
4000-4044 45 B PrSt 1924
4045-4049 5 AX
Total Standard trailer cars: 50      
Total Standard cars 950      
6000-6003 ABC 4 D PrSt 1925 BMT D Type
D Type on Brighton Line
6004-6070 ABC 67 D PrSt 1927
6071-6120 ABC 50 D PrSt 1928
Total D-Types: 121      
7004-7013
all with A,B,C,B1,A1 designations
10 MS StL 1934 BMT Multi
7014-7028 15 MS PSCo 1934
Total Multi types: 25      
7003 A,B,C,B1,A1 1 MS-Experimental PSCo 1934 Green Hornet
7029 1 MS-Experimental Budd 1934 BMT Zephyr
8000 A,B,A1 1 CC-Experimental Clark 1938 BMT Blue Bird
8001-8005 A,B,A1 5 1940
Total Clark Cars 6      
Total Experimental 3 types
8 units
      Green Hornet, Zephyr, & Bluebirds
2900-2924 25 SIRT Motors StStl 1925
1953 (to BMT)
SIRT Cars on BMT
2925-2929 5 SIRT Trailers StStl
Trailers were never used in service
Total SIRT Cars 30        
Total BMT Cars 1135        

Detailed notes about the various BMT pre-WWII fleet

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 conductor’s 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:



Manufacturers key:



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- 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.