Hedley Hi-V (New York City Subway car)

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Hedley Hi-V
Hedley Hi-V No 3878.jpg
A Hedley Hi-V train at 238th Street
ManufacturerStandard Steel, Pressed Steel Car Company, Pullman
Constructed1910-1911, 1915
Number built617
Number preserved0
Number scrapped617
Fleet numbers3700-4024, 4223-4514
Operator(s)Interborough Rapid Transit Company
NYC Board of Transportation
New York City Transit Authority
Car body constructionRiveted Steel
Car length51 ft 1.5 in (15.58 m)
Width8 ft 10 in (2,692 mm)
Height12 ft 0 in (3,658 mm)
DoorsUp until the early 1910s:4 After the 1910s:6
Maximum speed55 mph (89 km/h)
Traction systemMotor car: 2 motors per car.
Power output200 hp (149 kW) per traction motor
Electric system(s)600 V DC Third rail
Current collection methodTop running Contact shoe
Braking system(s)Before 1910: WABCO Schedule AM(P) with 'P' type triple valve and M-2 brake stand
After 1910: WABCO Schedule AMRE with 'R' type triple valve and ME-21 brake stand
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

The Hedley Hi-V was a New York City Subway car class built between 1910 and 1911, which were motor cars, and then in 1915 an order for trailers that were numbered 4223-4514. All were built by the Standard Steel Car Company, Pressed Steel Car Company, and Pullman Company. These were the first cars built with center doors. They were also the last high voltage cars built for the system as all subway cars delivered afterward had low voltage since high voltage cars were a hazard to both the train operators and track crews, which is probably one of a few reasons why the TA was in a rush to get rid of these cars by the mid 1950s with the R17, R21, and R22 cars.

Service history[edit]

These cars ran on both the West Side and Broadway-7th Ave lines and ran with both the Gibbs and Deckroof Hi-V cars until they retired by 1959 along with what was left of both the Hi-V Gibbs and Hi-V Deckroofs, which were in very small numbers by that point.[1] Several cars were used in work service until 1960-1961 before getting scrapped. Cars 3712 and 3737 were used as welding cars. 3700-3701 became work motors, while 4267 became a pay car. A fleet of cars numbered 4015-4024 operated on the Times Square shuttle line.[2] The Hedley's standard car body would be incorporated into another fleet of cars known as the Lo-V fleet, which were built from 1915 to 1925. None of the Hedleys were saved, as it was not thought of at the time to preserve for future generations.


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