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Encyclopedia > R68A (New York City Subway car)
R68A running on the Brighton Local 'Q' Service
R68A running on the Brighton Local 'Q' Service

R68A is a class of New York City Subway cars that were built in Kobe, Japan by Kawasaki Rail Car Company. There were 200 R68A cars built from 1988–89. They first entered into service in April 1988 on the D train. R68As are similar to R68s with some modifications. They are currently assigned to the N and Q services, and occasionally on the B, D and W services. The R68A fleet is based out of the Coney Island Complex. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 614 KB) Summary A Stillwall Avenue Bound Q train pulls to a stop. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 614 KB) Summary A Stillwall Avenue Bound Q train pulls to a stop. ... The Brighton Line is a rapid transit line of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn, New York City. ... The Q Broadway Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The New York City Subway system is a rapid transit system operated by the New York City Transit Authority, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as MTA New York City Transit. ... Port Tower at night Kōbe (Japanese: 神戸市; -shi) is a city in Japan, located on the island of Honshu. ... Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. ... The D Sixth Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The N Broadway Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The Q Broadway Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The B Sixth Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The D Sixth Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The W Broadway Local is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The Coney Island Complex is the largest railroad yard in the New York City Subway. ...




R-68A Specifications

Car builder Kawasaki Rail Car Company in Kobe, Japan
Car body stainless steel with carbon end bonnet
Unit numbers 5001-5200
Fleet of 200 cars
Car dimensions 75 ft long
10 ft wide
12 ft 158 in high
22.86 m long
3.048 m wide
3.7 m high
Track, standard gauge 4 ft 812 in 1.435 m
Doorway width
(side—clear opening)
4 ft 2 in 1.27 m
Wheel diameter 34 inches 864 mm
Propulsion system Westinghouse (AdTranz) E-CAM XCB248S
DC Traction Motors 4 Westinghouse 1447J
Power (4 per car) 115 horsepower 86 kW
Brakes WABCO Braking system and Air Braking Vaule
Average car weight
(empty)
92,750 lb 42,070 kg
Maximum speed 65 mph 105 km/h(Later Lowered)
Total seated passengers 70
Air conditioning system Two Stone Safety Corp. HVAC units each car.
Notes Transverse cabs at #1 end; narrow cab #2 end. Configured in 4 car sets
Price per car (new, 1988) US$915,000 (BID)

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. ... Port Tower at night Kōbe (Japanese: 神戸市; -shi) is a city in Japan, located on the island of Honshu. ... All-air and air-water HVAC systems use air ducts, outlets, and inlets installed throughout their buildings. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ...

External links

  • nycsubway.org - R68A page information
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New York City Subway rolling stock
Current fleet IND/BMT/SIR: R32 - R32A - R38 - R40 - R40A - R42 - R44 - R46 - R68 - R68A - R143 - R160A - R160B
IRT: R62 - R62A - R142 - R142A - R142S
Retired fleet
(R-type)
IND/BMT: R1 - R4 - R6 - R7 - R7A - R9 - R10 - R11 - R16 - R27 - R30 - R30A - R34 - R110B
IRT: R12 - R14 - R15 - R17 - R21 - R22 - R110A
Redbirds (IRT): R26 - R28 - R29 - R33 - R33 WF - R36 - R36 WF
Never built IRT/BMT: R39
IND/BMT: R55, R83
Retired fleet
(private operators)
IRT: Composite - Deck Roof - Gibbs - Hi-V - Lo-V - Steinway - World's Fair
BMT: AB Standard - Bluebird Compartment Car - BU cars - C-type - D-type Triplex - MS Multi-section car - Q-type Queens car
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Shuttles (S) 42nd Street • Franklin Avenue • Rockaway Park
Unused/defunct 8 9 10 11 12 13 H K P T U X YJFK Express
BMT: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Shuttles: 63rd StreetBowling GreenCulverGrand StreetOther
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