R127/R134 (New York City Subway car)

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R134 at Corona Yard.JPG
R134 EP011 at Corona Yard paired up with an R62A
R127 Garbage Train in work service at Kew Gardens Union Turnpike on November 12 2014.JPG
R127 EP006 at Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike
In serviceR127 (1991-present)
R134 (1994-present)
ManufacturerKawasaki Heavy Industries
Built atKobe, Japan
ConstructedR127: 1991-1992
R134: 1994-1996
Number builtR127: 10
R134: 8
Number in service18 (work service only)
Fleet numbersR127: EP001-EP010
R134: EP011-EP018
Operator(s)New York City Subway
Depot(s)EP001-EP005: (239th Street Yard)
EP006-EP010: (36th-38th Street Yard)
EP011-EP013: (Corona Yard)
EP014-EP018: (207th Street Yard)
Car body constructionStainless steel with fiberglass end bonnets
Train length1 car train: 51.04 feet (15.56 m)
Car length51.04 feet (15.56 m)
Width8.60 feet (2,621 mm)
Height11.89 feet (3,624 mm)
Platform height3.65 ft (1.11 m)
Doors2 sets of 50 inch wide side doors per car
Maximum speed55 mph (89 km/h)
Weight75,550 lb (34,270 kg)
Traction systemGeneral Electric SCM 17KG1924A1 propulsion with 4 GE 1257E1 motors per car
Power output115 hp (85.8 kW) per axle
Acceleration2.5 mph/s (4.0 km/(h⋅s))
AuxiliariesSAFT NIFE PR80F Battery
SAFT SMT8 Battery
Electric system(s)625 V DC Third rail
Current collection methodContact shoe
Braking system(s)NYAB GSX23 Newtran “COBRA SMEE” Braking System
NYAB Tread Brake Unit
Coupling systemWestinghouse H2C
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The R127s and R134s are New York City Subway cars purpose-built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries[1] in Kobe, Japan, for work train service. The ten R127s were built in 1990-1991 while the eight R134s were built in 1994-1996.[2]

The cars are similar to the R62 and R62A passenger cars; they are built to IRT specifications. However, they can be found on either division and are used as garbage train motors. They are not air conditioned and instead have axiflow fans, so in the summertime these cars are frequently replaced by air-conditioned passenger cars used on garbage trains.[3] Sometimes, these cars operate with other cars assigned to work service. The two types are essentially identical to each other, with only a few cosmetic differences.

The ten R127s are numbered EP001 to EP010, while the eight R134s are numbered EP011 to EP018.


  1. ^ High Speed Rail Seminar in Washington D.C. Kawasaki’s High Speed Train Technology and Contributions to the US Society
  2. ^ "Work Car Roster". Google Docs.
  3. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: R-127 -- R-134 Rubbish Motors". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  • Sansone, Gene (1997). Evolution of New York City subways: An illustrated history of New York City's transit cars, 1867-1997. New York: New York Transit Museum Press. ISBN 978-0-9637492-8-4.

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