IRT ELEVATED CARS

Before the subway in 1904, the IRT had control of elevated lines on Second, Third, Sixth, and Ninth Avenues in Manhattan. IRT stood for the Interborough Rapid Transit Company which operated all of the lines now called the IRT or 'A' Division of the NYCTA. Over the years the lines extended into the Bronx, in fact the current #2 and #5 lines between Jackson and 177th St actually opened with 2nd and 3rd Ave trains a few months before the subway reached the line in 1905.

Most of the cars began as open end platform gate cars pulled by steam engines. By 1900, the lines began to be electrified and many cars became motor cars. Still later, many had the end platforms and gates enclosed with sliding doors. These cars were called Multiple Unit Door Controled and allowed one conductor to open and close all doors from one location.


Link to all of the IRT Elevated Car fleet from the New York Subways Resources Web pages.


CAR NUMBERS COUNT BUILDER YEAR MOTOR/TRAILER MUDC # SEATING NOTES
1-39 39 Pullman 1888 Trailer   Manhattan  
11 (II) 1 St. Louis 1907 Trailer   Manhattan  
40-41 2 Wason 1902 Motor   Manhattan  
42-91 50 American Car & Foundry 1901-2 Motor   Manhattan  
92-241 150 Wason 1902-3 Motor 30 Manhattan 30 cars converted to MUDC
161, 162, 172, 179, 189, 191, 194, 211, 212, 216, 218, 220, 222-225, 227, 229-241
242 1 St. Louis 1907 Trailer   Manhattan  
243-292 50 Gilbert & Bush 1902-3 Trailer   Longitudinal  
293-364 72 Bowers Dure & Co. 1882 Trailer   Manhattan  
365-369 5 Pullman 1889 Trailer   Manhattan  
370-500 131 Gilbert & Bush 1886-89 Motor   Manhattan  
501-520 20 Barney & Smith 1878 Trailer   Manhattan #501 and 502 converted to pay cars as motor and trailer. These cars traveled throughout the system on pay day to pay the employees.
521-540 20 Pullman 1878 Trailers   Manhattan  
541-580 40 Pullman 1878-80 Trailers   Manhattan  
581-699 119 Pullman 1878-80 Trailers   Manhattan  
700-728 29 Pullman 1880-81 Motors   Manhattan  
729-790 62 Pullman 1880-81 Trailers   Manhattan  
791-825 35 Pullman 1880-81 Motors   Manhattan #824 converted to instruction car in 1902
826-919 94 Gilbert & Bush 1887 Motors   Manhattan  
920-1094 175 Wason 1890-93 Motors   Manhattan  
1095-1098 4 Pullman 1886 Motors   Manhattan  
1099-1120 22 Gilbert & Bush 1887 Motors   Manhattan  
1121-1218 98 Wason 1903 Motors 92 Manhattan Six cars NOT converted to MUDC
1130, 1144, 1185, 1191, 1193, 1201
1219 1 American Car & Foundry 1902 Trailers   Open Bench 16 cross benches
1220-1244 25 Jewett 1902 Trailers   Open Bench 16 cross benches
1245-1254 10 American Car & Foundry 1902 Trailers   Open Bench 16 cross benches
1255-1314 60 Wason 1903 Motors 56 Manhattan Four cars NOT converted to MUDC
1258, 1292, 1307, 1314
1315-1364 50 Wason 1903 Trailers   Manhattan  
1365-1414 50 St. Louis 1904 Trailers   Manhattan  
1415-1528 114 St. Louis 1907-8 Trailers 110 Manhattan Four cars NOT converted to MUDC
1415, 1447, 1459, 1515
1529-1612 84 Wason 1907 Motors   Manhattan  
1613-1652 40 Barney & Smith 1910 Motors 19 Manhattan 19 cars converted to MUDC
1634-1652
1653-1672 20 Jewett 1910 Motors 18 Manhattan Two cars NOT converted to MUDC
1653, 1672
1673-1692 20 Wason 1909 Trailers 19 Manhattan One car NOT converted to MUDC
1686
1693-1712 20 St. Louis 1911 Trailers 20 Manhattan All cars converted to MUDC
1713-1752 40 Wason 1911 Trailers 39 Manhattan One car NOT converted to MUDC
1730
1753-1792 40 Jewett 1911 Motors 40 Manhattan All cars converted to MUDC
1793-1812 20 Cincinnatti 1911 Motors 20 Manhattan All cars converted to MUDC
Total 1813            

The following cars were part of groups that were converted to MUDC, where most were not converted:
161,162,172,179,189,191,194,211,212,216,218,220,222-225, 227,229-241, 1634-1652

The following cars were part of groups that were not converted to MUDC, but some were:
1130,1144,1185,1191,1193,1201,1258,1292,1307,1314, 1415,1447,1459, 1515,1653,1672,1686, 1730

A total of 463 cars were converted to MUDC between December 1923 and August 1924. However, the notes that this page was compiled from say that there were 465 MUDC cars. The above math totaling the fleet with and without conversions add to 463. It is possible that the two pay cars, 501-502 were converted to MUDC before being turned into the pay cars.


IRT ELEVATED CAR PHOTOS


See information about Door controls and Cabs on this page.


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The information on this page was gathered from the following references:
Electric Railroads # 25, ERA, 1956
Photos from the IRT Archives


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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.