pwelt wrote:I just returned from NY, while riding the subway I remember years ago growing up there
I could tell what subway line I was on just by the smell in the tunnels, even the H&M
has its own distinct odor. I guess it was the different cars that the lines used.
Today I guess there is no IRT, BMT or IND.
You could tell the lines by the odor? Interesting. Most people went by the signs on the front and side of the cars. I will say that the IRT Lo-Vs and IND R1/9 cars had their own distinctive sounds. The R142 and R142A and R143, R160 cars all have certain distinctive sounds when taking on power.
The IRT, BMT and IND still exist. While officially the MTA does not use that nomenclature, you will find some conductors still say "Change for the BMT" or "Change for the IRT" etc when they make manual announcements.
When conversing with other railfans IRT, BMT and IND is still used sometimes or A division (IRT), B1 (BMT) or B2 (IND). We know what we are saying to each other.
On another note PATH (former H&M) tunnels still have a "certain odor". Of course the New PA-5 cars have that new car smell to them.