Train of Many Colors

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The Train of Many Colors running in service on the 7 train bypassing 40th Street–Lowery Street station, with R33WF 9036 leading.

The Train of Many Colors (also referred to as TOMC) is one of the New York Transit Museum's IRT nostalgia trains used for excursions. The name comes from the fact that the cars are painted in many varying schemes from different eras.[1]

During the 2004 Subway Centennial, some of the cars were used for regular service on the 42nd Street Shuttle route. In addition, the cars may be used to commemorate a special occasion (e.g. the opening of CitiField in Queens).

Some of the cars are housed in the New York Transit Museum when not used for excursions (R12, R15, R17 and R33WF).[2] Others are stored at the 207th Street Yard.

There are 16 cars painted in various schemes as listed below.

List of cars and colors[edit]

Model Builder Car numbers Livery Era used
R12 American Car & Foundry 5760 Two tone gray with orange stripes[3] Original, when new
R15 6239 Maroon with tan stripe[3] Original, when new
R17 St. Louis Car Company 6609 Maroon[3] Original, when new
R33 9010-9011
Silver with blue stripe 1971-early 1980s
9016-9017 Watermelon red with yellow handlebars Original, when new
9068 Kale green 1985-1988
9069 Tuscan red with silver roof ("Redbird") 1986 to retirement
R33WF 9306-9307[4] 1964 World's Fair aqua blue and white Original, when new
9310[4] Tuscan red with silver roof ("Redbird") 1986 to retirement
R36WF 9586-9587 1986 to retirement
WF = World's Fair; identified by the large picture windows in the World's Fair cars and smaller windows in the Main Line cars.


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