In early 2012 the LIRR stored a string of their M3 type rail cars at the ‘new’ Arch Street shop
(more on the history of arch street in an upcoming post). At first they were stored as one train along the northernmost track. A few more cars arrived in 2013, and they were all shuffled around a bit over the span of a few weeks. At one point there were 17 M3s stored here, though at least a half dozen left by the end of summer 2013. The MTA started renting the space around the shop building to Fresh Direct for truck storage (since the shop building isn’t going to be used for awhile). The days turned into weeks, and the weeks have turned to years. Here we are in 2015, and the junk LIRR train remains.
Parked right behind 5ptz, and in full view of the #7 subway train, it was hard not to notice this string of scrap metal. People finally started painting it 2014.
Exploring here was a good time – all you have to do is be sneaky. Once on board, you’ll find the cars are either gutted or filled with empty boxes and rubbish. Panels have been popped open, wires exposed & cut. The cab of car 9863 is gone, along with the entire interior of the car. Further back, the last of the LIRR M3 cars with a blue stripe on it’s nose sits hidden from public view, devoid of headlights.
Eventually these cars will be sold for scrap. The M3 cars that remain in service on the LIRR are all set to be retired in the next 5 years pending delivery of new ‘M9’ cars to replace them.
This is a hell-bound LIRR local train, Next stop, Nowhereville.