Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit 6019

Built in:1927 by Pressed Steel
Out-of-service/Retired:n/a (1965)
Type of car:rapid transit car (three-car articulated set) (Type D)
Current Owner:New York City Transit Authority(New York, New York)

Car History by Jeff Hakner & Frank Hicks

Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit 6019
In the mid-1920's, BMT was looking for a way to expand its fleet of steel subway and elevated cars, and it was decided that the most economical way to do it was with articulated cars. This design saved money by reducing both crew requirements and mechanical parts. The prototype articulated units, christened D-types or "Triplexes" because of their three-car articulated design, were built in 1925 and an order for 67 production units numbered 6004-6070 was signed later that year. The "Triplex" was the heaviest car ever to operate on the New York subway system but was a successful design; 121 were built between 1925 and 1928. They operated on the BMT subway and elevated lines until the mid-1960's, when they were retired. Car 6019 was one of three units retained by NYCTA for historic preservation, and since its retirement these three D-types have been used sporadically for fan trips and for "Nostalgia Train" service. They were also featured in the motion picture "Malcolm X" in 1992.

Ownership History:Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit #6019 1926-1940 / New York City Board of Transportation #6019 1940-1953 / New York City Transit Authority #6019 1953-1965 / New York City Transit Authority(New York, New York) 1953-present

Facts and Figures

Status:stored inoperableGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:DREnded:DE
#Seats:160#Wheels/Conf.:16 (1A-1A-A1-A1)Total HP:800
Trucks:A58 Arch BarBrakes:AMUECompressor
Motors:GE 282 (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)


Articulated; used on "Nostalgia Train"