nyandw wrote: ↑Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:05 pm
Rarely seen photo of Sperry #140 at VALLEY 1969
SRS 140 has a very unique history: it is actually a leftover IRT R33 shell built by St. Louis Car sometime in 1963, but assembled and completed by Sperry in Danbury 1965. The R33 order was for 540 IRT cars, but in late summer of 1963 (likely under influence from Moses, Fair Chairman), there was a push to get some of the new "Blue Arrow" cars to the Flushing Line sooner so all cars would delivered in time for the fair opening in nine months. So the last 40 R33s ended up as single units for the Flushing Line, with large picture windows and two-tone turquoise livery along with 390 R36s (all pairs). However this resulted in some leftover R33 shells for the IRT Main Line ("conventional" equipment in bright red with yellow grab irons, standard drop sash windows). 34 of the leftover R33 shells were assembled and delivered at the tail end of the R36 order between late July 1964 and early 1965 and known as "Main Line R36s
", completing the 424 car R36 order. These would be the very last passenger equipment in North America with the conventional drop sash windows (excluding historic replicas). Other leftover R33 shells at St. Louis remained and Sperry purchased at least one, which became 140. 140 is now in private ownership in Australia.
So in a sense Sperry 140 owes its existence to Moses, with the rush for new cars on the Flushing Line in time for the fair resulting in leftover R33 shells at St. Louis Car Company.
Since my friend continues to chain smoke nonstop, she is probably an Alco.