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A New York Transit Museum set of Arnines on an excursion trip

The Arnines (R9s) were the 1,703 similar New York City Subway cars built between 1930 and 1940 for the Independent Subway System. All were built by the American Car and Foundry Company, the Pressed Steel Car Company, and Pullman Standard. The name comes from the literal spelling out of the final contract under which these 1,703 cars were ordered - contract "R9". The last of the cars in this broad grouping were removed from passenger service in 1977. Many pieces of memorabilia, including rollsigns and car number plates, exist today in museums and private collections.

The complete listing of contract numbers for cars referred to as “Arnines” include: R1, R4, R6, R7/A and R9. Also in the Arnine family was the R8A, which was a revenue collection car, or Money train.

The grouping of these 1,703 cars can also be referred to as R1–9s (pronounced “R one nines” or “R one through nines”).

They were replaced, along with the GE-powered R16s, between 1970 and 1977 with R42, R44, and R46 cars.[1]


Today, twenty of these cars remain, preserved by various museums, businesses, organizations, and private individuals.

The cars that remain on New York City Transit Authority property (and their owners) are:

  • R1 100 (New York Transit Museum) - Operable
  • R1 103 (Railway Preservation Corp.) - Inoperable, undergoing restoration
  • R1 381 (Railway Preservation Corp.) - Operable
  • R4 401 (Railway Preservation Corp.) - Operable
  • R4 484 (New York Transit Museum) - Operable
  • R6 923 (Railway Preservation Corp.) - Inoperable
  • R6 925 (Railway Preservation Corp.) - Inoperable
  • R6 1000 (Railway Preservation Corp.) - Operable
  • R6 1300 (Railway Preservation Corp.) - Operable
  • R7A 1575 - rebuilt to an R10 prototype in 1947 (New York Transit Museum) - Operable
  • R9 1802 (Railway Preservation Corp.) - Operable

R6 1208 was previously preserved by the New York Transit Museum. However, it was scrapped during the 1980s, along with several other museum cars.

The other cars are located at the following locations:

R1 175 is at the Seashore Trolley Museum. However, is used only for storage and as a source of spare parts. It does not have trucks, and two of its side doors were donated to R4 401, which has been preserved by Railway Preservation Corp. and restored.


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