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Redbird trains


The last Redbird subway train leaves service


Inside R33ML Redbird subway cars


FAST!!!! Redbirds Passing 50 Street


2,500 subway cars are used to create an artificial underwater reef


Tribute to the Redbirds

The Redbird trains were the 1,410 New York City Subway cars of the following types: R26, R28, R29, R33 Main Line (ML), R33 World's Fair (WF), R36 ML, and R36 WF. All were built by the American Car and Foundry Company and the St. Louis Car Company. These cars were painted a deep red to combat graffiti, which had become a major problem in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The deep red color was referred to as Gunn Red or "Broad Street Red" in honor of its originator David L. Gunn, the former SEPTA General Manager who became President of the New York City Transit Authority during this period. Initially entering service in various colors, these cars received the new paint scheme between 1984 and 1989. Sixteen R17s were also given this paint scheme in 1985/86, but were retired by 1988, well before the name "Redbird" caught on. Today, repurposed Redbird cars serve as garbage trains or rider cars on locomotive-hauled work trains, while others have been preserved by various museums.
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    • History 

    • Retirements and replacements 

    • Preservation 

    • Other usage of Redbird name