My review on this is going to be good. So sit back and enjoy this article.
The (B) Train is the IND Sixth Avenue Express Line that has been through changes. I’m going to go back into my early early days (Baby days) of how the B Train Ran. The B Train ran between Washington Heights 168th Street (Weekdays) or 21st Street-Queensbridge (Weekends) and Coney Island Stillwell Avenue and this was back when I was born and lasted for until I was 3 years old. In 1998, the (B) Train switch Northern Terminals with the (C) Train and weekday (B) Train service ends up running from Harlem-145th Street (Bedford Park Blvd during the Rush Hours) to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue.
R68A (B) Train – Bedford Park Blvd
Up until July 2001, the Brooklyn portion of the (B) Train used to run via the BMT West End Line and BMT Fourth Avenue Express. Trains used to skip Dekalb Avenue (Except the last few northbound trains ran local in Brooklyn). In 2001 due to the North Side of the Manhattan Bridge going through final rehab, the (B) Train became a weekday only route with the southern terminal being 34th Street-Herald Square. The (B) Train basically was consider a Short local version of the (D) Train during that time and it shared subway cars with the (D) Train (R68 Subway Cars #2500 – #2727). Then in 2004, after the Manhattan Bridge finished rehab, they did a huge change no one expected. The (B) Train became the new weekday Brighton Line Express to Brighton Beach instead of returning to the West End Line due to new changes and because there was no where to turn the (B) Train during the weekends (Northern Terminal).
Now I’m going to share my experience and opinion on this, the (B) Train is a very helpful route for the (A) (C) (D) (Q) Lines. I remember riding the (B) Train more often with my dad when it was cut to 34th Street from 2001-2004. It used R68 Subway Cars only around that time period. The first day and I mean the first day when the (B) Train line goes through a HUGE new change (Both route wise and equipment wise), my dad after school let us let the (C) Train passed by so we can ride the (B). Out of my surprise, The (B) Train reverted back to its early 1990s days using R40 Slants subway cars. Honestly I was a little disappointed that the (B) Train didn’t use any R68s BUT I actually loved the R40s on that route and it made the route look good.
Another memory I remember was my 11th birthday in 2006, I rode the R68A Subway Cars on the (B) Train for the first time since 2001. It felt good riding it via Central Park West Local again. That was a good way to end the trip.
I honestly missed the (B) using slants. I prefer those than R68/R68As on the (B) Line. Although another surprise happened in 2009 when a set of the R32 Subway Cars ran on the (B) for 9 months. That was also good. I remember I rode it to my afterschool program a few times. The R32 on the (B) made the (B) fun again.
R32 B Train
R32 B Train @ 59th Street
The (B) line in general is a good and helpful route. It was my favorite route from 2007-2009. Other times its my 2nd favorite route. I’m going to give the (B) Train a 9.5 out of 10. I just wished old subway cars will run on that route ONE last time before they go away and retire.