IRT PRE-WAR CARS

Here is a list of the subway cars built by and for the old IRT subway. IRT stood for the Interborough Rapid Transit Company which operated all of the lines now called the IRT or 'A' Division of the NYCTA.

There were two main types of cars ordered through the years by the IRT: High Voltage, in which 600 volt third rail power was connect between all of the cars in the train and Low Voltage, in which a 32 volt battery and connections provided power to control 600 volt circuits in each car.


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


CAR NUMBERS COUNT VOLTAGE TYPE MFGR YEAR PHOTO
2000-2059 60 H Composite Jewt 1903

2060-2119 60 H Composite StL 1903
2120-2159 40 H Composite Wasn 1903
3000-3039 40 H Composite Jewt 1904
3040-3139 100 H Composite Stpn 1904
3140-3279 140 H Composite StL 1904
3280-3339 60 H Composite Wasn 1904
Total Composite 500 After 1918, wooden cars were banned from subway service and the wood-steel composites were then assigned to the elevated lines.
3340 1 H A.Belmont Wasn 1902
at BERA
3341 1 H JB.McDonald Wasn 1902
3342 1 H First Stl PRR 1903
3344 1 H Mineola Wasn 1904
Special cars 5 Inclding 5302 below Lo-V non revenue car
3350-3516 167 H Gibbs AC&F 1904
3517-3649 133 H Gibbs MUDC AC&F 1905
3650-3699 50 H Deck Roof AC&F 1907
3700-3756 57 H   AC&F 1910  
3757-3809 53 H MUDC AC&F 1910
3810-3814 5 H MUDC StSt 1910
3815 1 H   StSt 1910
3816-3849 34 H MUDC StSt 1910
3850-3914 65 H MUDC PrSt 1910
3915 1 H   PrSt 1910
3916-4024 109 H MUDC PrSt 1910
Total Steel HV
including trailers below
967  
4025-4036 12 L Steinway PCo 1915  
4037-4160 124 L Flivver* PCo 1915
4161-4214 54 L Trailer PCo 1915
4215-4222 8 L Steinway PCo 1915
4223-4514 292 H Trailer* PCo 1915
4515-4554 40 L Trailer PCo 1916
4555-4576 22 L Steinway PCo 1916
4577-4699 123 L   PCo 1916
4700-4770 71 L Steinway PCo 1916
4771-4810 40 L   PCo 1916
4811-4825 15 L Trailer PCo 1916
4826-4965 140 L Trailer PCo 1917
4966-5301 336 L   PCo 1917
5302 1 L Pay & Revenue Collection PCo  
5303-5377 75 L Trailer PCo 1922
5378-5402 25 L Trailer PCo 1922
5403-5502 100 L   AC&F 1924
5503-5627 125 L   AC&F 1925
5628-5652 25 L Steinway AC&F 1925
5653-5702 50 L World's Fr StL 1938
Total Steinway 188                              
Total other LV 1197
Total IRT cars 2857


Manufacturers key and subtotals:


CODE FULL COMP Hi Volt Lo Volt STEINWAY SPEC TOTAL
MOT TRL MOT TRL LO-V WF
AC&F American Car and Foundry   460   225   25     710
Jwet Jewett Car Company 100               100
PRR Pennsylvania Railroad               1 1
PrSt Pressed Steel Car Company   175       12     187
Pco Pullman Company     292 623 349 101   1 1366
StL St. Louis Car Company 200           50   250
StSt Standard Steel Car Company   40             40
Stpn Stephenson Car Company 100               100
Wasn Wason Car Company 100             3 103
Totals   500 675 292 848 349 138 50 5 2857



Type Key:


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IRT Elevated Lines

In addition to the above subway cars, the IRT had a number of elevated cars for use on the Manhattan and Bronx 'el' lines between the 1880's and 1956. All of the el cars started as Steam pulled Trains on the els. Some were converted to electric operation retaining their end gates and others had the ends enclosed and automatic doors installed.



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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.