Clifton Hood, associate professor of history, was quoted on the removal of the Redbird subway cars from the New York City subway system, in the Sept. 21 New York Daily News story “End of line for Redbird subway cars”. Of the original Redbirds, built for the 1964 World's Fair, 88 subway cars still pick up passengers on the Flushing line. They will be retired by mid-October, and will join more than 1,100 others that have been dumped off the Atlantic coast to create artificial reefs. The Redbirds are being replaced by high-tech, stainless steel cars built by Kawasaki and Bombardier, according to the story.
“It's the end of an era, and not just for subway buffs,” said Hood. “It may be a point of nostalgia for someone who went to Coney Island with his family on one, or maybe went on his first date on one. But by the same token, the new cars are going to have some meaning to a kid 50 or 60 years from now.”
Hood is the author of “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York.”