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Restoration: IND R4 Subway Car 825

$451 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 9 months
Omar Pagan
for Trolley Museum of New York
 KINGSTON, NY

Each holiday season New York City Transit runs a special train of subway cars we in the community have named the “Arnines”. The R1 through R9 cars have come to be known collectively as the R9's, or just Arnies for short. Manufactured for the city-owned Independent Subway System between 1930 and 1940, they move shoppers and fans alike along 6th Avenue, screeching their wheels to the glee of children (and adults!). We like to ride them, and now YOU can help restore one!


At the Trolley Museum of New York sits car 825, a model R4 subway car. Mnufactured in 1932 at Berwick, Pennsylvania by the American Car and Foundry Company, No. 825 is one of a handful of Arnines still in existence. Saved in the late 1970s by a group of enthusiasts led by the then Assistant General Superintendent of the Coney Island Overhaul Shop, Mike Hanna. The car was moved to a new home upstate in Kingston shortly after where we find her today.



This summer, after lying dormant for many years, a group of volunteers at the museum is embarking on restoring car 825 to her former glory. A mostly cosmetic restoration, we plan on replacing glass window panels perform exterior body work, interior clean-up and assembly, and a good deal of painting. And you can help us out. A donation of $1.00 or more will help us gather the necessary supplies to begin the effort to restore 825 this year. Your donation also gets your name on a placard inside the car after the restoration is complete. Donors also receive a certificate which allows you one free day at the Trolley Museum of New York!


You can read more information on car 825 at http://www.tmny.org/tmny0825.html
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Update 5
Posted by Omar Pagan
8 months ago
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An update on the restoration of car 825. An old update, but a good one.

Volunteers a couple of months ago helped move subway cars around the museum where this project is taking place. This included car 825 as it was moved from one track to another. Watch the car slowly roll through the rails and turn its wheels around and around (with a few creeks, clacks, and groans here and there ).

The short video is a glimpse of what we ultimately want to accomplish with car 825. It can be made possible with the help of our museum volunteers - and with your help. Thank you to everyone who has helped out in the car's restoration with donations and hands so far. Your work and contributions have helped progress this project. Very much appreciated.
Car 825 turns her wheels...
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Update 4
Posted by Omar Pagan
8 months ago
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Hello everyone! My apologies for a late update.

Clean-up activities resumed on car 825 last Saturday July 2nd. We managed to open most of the windows on the subway car and managed to open another door, which improved ventilation throughout the interior. We also helped remove, catalogue, and moved items from inside the car to a secured storage space in the museum. We still have lots of cleaning to do.

As we continue to clean out the car, we are seeing what kinds of work needs to be completed as time progresses. We have some metal work ahead, especially around the base of the car and above the window openings. There is also the possibility of minor floor work inside that we hope to address soon.

We have lots of work ahead! We could also use some more hands. We will be announcing volunteer sessions soon. We will keep you posted!
Hard at work!
Dressed for the hard work ahead!
Getting off the car after a day of work.
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Update 3
Posted by Omar Pagan
9 months ago
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Here's some footage of car 825 (and of other cars at the Trolley Museum of New York's collection) being moved around on May 7th, 2016. Please keep the donations coming and enjoy the video!
See 825 and others move about at TMNY!
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Update 2
Posted by Omar Pagan
9 months ago
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Greetings to all! Last Saturday June 18th, volunteers at the Trolley Museum of New York began the restoration of car 825.

We began by first cleaning our over thirty years worth of clutter and spare parts. Much of this had to be sorted out, categorized, and stored for safe and secured keeping.

It was very warm and dusty inside. We managed to open only one side door, as most of the doors and most of the windows are frozen in place. Nevertheless, we managed to clear out a small section of the car.

We have lots to do ahead. We hope to complete this cleaning process very soon and focus our attention to the doors and windows. Stay tuned for more updates later!
Abdul and Omar clearing our the clutter.
Museum President Erik Garés helps us out
825 will be restored to former glory!
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$451 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 9 months
Created June 9, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Trolley Museum of New York
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Hope this help

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Good luck! Lets make this happen.

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