The LO-V cars arrived in New York from 1916-1924. Built by Pullman and American Car and Foundry, the 600 powered cars and 510 non-powered trailers satisfied the Interborough Rapid Transit's need for more capacity as the system expanded. Typical of subway equipment of their day, the steel-sided cars featured rattan seating and rather dim overhead lighting.
From the motorman's point of view, the LO-V cars (for "low voltage") were a dramatic improvement in job safety. In previous HI-V cars, the motorman had his hand on a controller directly connected to 600 volts of direct current on the third rail - whereas the new LO-V cars used a low voltage control ler, or throttle, to control the high voltage that actually powered the car. The LO-V cars incorporated a master controller powered by a 32-volt battery, enabling the motorman to control the 600 volts passing through the DC switches located under the car without fear of electrocution. The LO-V cars ran well into the 1960s before being replaced by new cars with plush seating and bright fluorescent lighting.
This RailKing subway set features multicolor holiday LED lights; detailed, illuminated interiors; and transit stop simulation available only from M.T.H., allowing you to program the train to stop automatically at designated station stops. When configured to run on automatic, the LO-V subway stops itself at locations you define and calls out station names that you select in advance; the subway essentially runs itself. And when you program the LO-V for an out-and-back route, it even reverses itself and heads back downtown when it reaches the end of the line - stopping along the way at each station to broadcast the name of the stop and the hustle and bustle of passengers coming and going.
Contains Car Numbers:
4-Car Consist with (1) Powered Car, (3) Non-Powered Cars
Powered Car Features:
Intricately Detailed ABS Bodies
Die-Cast Truck Sides & Pilots
Authentic Paint Scheme
Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
(2) Remote Controlled Proto-Couplers
Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
Directionally Controlled Constant voltage LED Headlights
Lighted Cab Interiors
Body Mounted Colored LED Lights
(2) Precision Flywheel Equipped Motors
Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
Equipped With Proto-Sound 3.0 Featuring Station Stop Proto-Effects
Each Car Measures 14 5/8" x 2 1/4" x 3 1/8"
Operates On O-31 Curves
Non-Powered Car Features:
Durable ABS Intricately Detailed Bodies
Metal Wheels and Axles
Overhead Interior Lighting
Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
Authentic Paint Scheme
Detailed Car Interiors
Stamped Metal Floors
Detailed Car Undercarriage