R36 Combine Coach wrote:Some will say the same about the R32s, which are still running in daily service.
Quite a few R32's have been scrapped at this point (I don't have an exact count). The R32's had full stainless bodies, while the PA-1 through PA-3 did not. So rust became an issue with those older PA cars.
Head-end View wrote:Interesting that those cars built in the mid-1960's turned out to be such good equipment. By the 1970's, American car builders were starting the downward spiral i.e. the R-46 debacle.
Most of the R46 problems were due to the HPT-2 trucks, where someone seems to have said "This sounds like a great idea! Let's use them on the whole fleet order before testing any of them!"
PATH tended to create 1-off (or small numbers) of test configurations and run them in unmodified trains in regular service, and then see how they performed in comparison to the unmodified cars. This was mostly for things like LED side and end signs (different cars), faux-granite floor instead of vinyl, and so on. Insisting that all of the PA-1 through PA-4 cars be interopeable (post R-rebuild) helped this a lot. Due to the tech on the PA-5's being so different, that is no longer the case.
PATH did have its share of problems, though - remember the QC stickers and individual serial barcodes on the interior door indication lamps?