207th Street Yards. NYCSubway photo by David-Paul Gerber (August 21, 2008). Click to enlarge.
On Saturday, March 20, the Division ran a return visit to the 207th Street Subway Shops. The number attending was somewhat smaller than we had expected, but the 20 or so people who came were not disappointed. Two members of NYCTransit provided us with a wonderful tour of the facility, highlighted by small group tours of a spruced-up R-32 car and photo opportunities to capture cars from the “Train of Many Colors” and two of the Transit Museum’s old IRT cars. We bombarded our hosts with more than the usual number of questions and they graciously provided us with answers. A good time was had by all!
The N.Y. Division of the ERA is pleased to announce a return visit to MTA-NYC Transit’s 207th Street Shops in upper Manhattan on Saturday, March 20, 2010. This complex opened in 1931 for the Independent City-Owned Subway (IND) and is where thousands of subway cars are maintained and overhauled for service on the IRT and IND Divisions. Since our last visit to the 207th Street Shops on January 25, 2009, we had figured some of the last R-32s may be being prepared for reefing, but the latest information suggests a temporary freeze in the retirement of 60-foot cars.
All attendees should meet at the main entrance to the complex, which is located at 3961 10th Avenue, on the east side of 10th Avenue between West 211th and 212th Streets. You must be at that entrance no later than 10:30 AM. The entrance can be reached by taking the ‘1’ or ‘A’ train to 207th Street and then walking north to the shop entrance. Those driving will have to find on-street parking. In anticipation of the need for security clearance for all attendees, please make certain to have a photo ID in your possession.
It is expected that the visit and tour will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Representatives from NYC Transit will be our hosts to point out interesting features of the shop and its various subdivisions. See how subway cars are kept in good repair from the wheels up. Many different classes of cars will be in the shop undergoing various kinds of renewal, both mechanical and cosmetic. We hope to learn more about the reefing operation.
Join us for a very special visit and tour of this important maintenance facility. The ticket price for the visit and tour is only $20. For further updates and information, please call 201-684-9408. This visit and tour operates rain or shine.