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As a rider of various subway/metro/underground systems I was curious where would I find the oldest fleet still in operation.

NYC subway C line has cars built in the mid 60s. I was wondering if there is anything older than that?

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If Wikipedia is up-to-date, then Buenos Aires has a good claim to having the oldest subway coaches in commercial service in the world, built between 1913 and 1919. They have been running on line A since its inception. These trains were being phased out as of 2010; I'll let someone with a better grasp of Spanish determine whether they are still running now.

I thought some impoverished East European cities had old stock, but they all seem to have renewed anything pre-1970.

The London Underground ran A60 and A62 for about 50 years, since the early 1960s. These trains were due to be phased out in the early 2010s; the TfL plans called for A stock lasting until 2015, but the replacement seems to have been expedited. The Metropolitan line might still be running some. In the Tube, the 1959 stock is no longer doing passenger service but is still used for deicing in winter.

Pyongyang runs trains imported from Berlin, both West and East. The Dora trains were built between 1957 and 1965 and are now running a quarter way around the world from their youthful home.

If you're willing to accept streetcars, then Hong Kong is still running rebuilt cars from the 1950s (older cars from the 1930s have been scrapped).

The Isle of Wight line (in England) still has 1938 ex-London Underground rolling stock in active service.

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For street cars you have the San Francisco cable cars... Although the system has been rebuilt in the 80's, I believe the cars are mostly renovated rather than new, making them over a century old. – littleadv Mar 9 '12 at 8:17
Sadly, today the old subway coaches of the line A in Buenos Aires were changed for ordinary coaches. – user3882 Jan 3 '13 at 0:52
@Gloria - welcome to Travel.SE. You had answered, rather than commenting, so I moved your post to be a comment on the relevant answer. Hope that's ok. Very sad to hear about the line A trains - they were lovely to travel on when I was there two years ago. – Mark Mayo Jan 3 '13 at 1:14
Philadelphia's SEPTA Route 15 uses 1947 rolling stock (refurbished in 2005). – ESultanik Mar 11 '13 at 1:48

The Schwebebahn suspended monorail in Wuppertal, Germany, not far from Cologne, still trots out Emperor Wilhelm's Kaiserwagen, built in 1900, for special occasions and tourist charters. It's not in daily service though.

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