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Old 11-27-2013, 09:44 PM
 
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I remember riding the NYC trains in the 70s, they were so noisy that you couldn't hear each other talk. also being very filthy and covered in graffiti.I must say the subway cars today are much better,except for the overcrowding.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:19 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Some trains are certainly much better than others, but yes, from what I've been told, it was much worse in the 70s and 80s than the 90s and today.
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Megalopolis
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Train derailments and track fires.
Like every goddamned day.

But half fares on Sundays!
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:53 AM
 
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And no air conditioning in the summer....and people think it smells bad now!!
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Old 11-28-2013, 04:13 AM
 
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And no air conditioning in the summer....and people think it smells bad now!!
I remember overhead ceiling fans.
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Old 11-28-2013, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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In 1989 MTA decided that every train leaving the yard should be clean of graffiti. End of an era.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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I remember seeing the Guardian Angels walk thru the cars on the 5 train in early 1980. This was only a few months after they set up shop in Times Square.

The 42nd street and 8th Avenue station was a frightening place

42nd street and 6th Ave station, which was somewhat safer than Times Square stations and was my preferred station to go from and to the Port Authority, had nicer surroundings even back then and was pretty much like it is today
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:40 AM
 
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the F train in the late 70's was like the F train is today with the wider body, more seats facing different ways, quieter ride, fake woodgrain trim...but I think the F train was re routed at some point...
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Service was better on the weekends.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:48 AM
 
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the F train in the late 70's was like the F train is today with the wider body, more seats facing different ways, quieter ride, fake woodgrain trim...but I think the F train was re routed at some point...
F trains are wider than the Lexington lines trains always as their tracks were built by different companies that used different systems.

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Service was better on the weekends.
Probably more track now on the weekends as the system is older.
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