Claycord Online Museum – The Old Brown BART Seats & Carpet

June 21, 2021 14:00 pm · 15 comments

Look at that, it’s the old BART cars, complete with carpet and cloth seats.


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Dorothy June 21, 2021 at 2:43 PM

Yeah, I remember when more people could actually sit instead of hanging on to straps for dear life and getting squashed. Also remember when they were cleaner. May not have been pretty but easier to ride.

MattfromConcord June 21, 2021 at 3:04 PM

Oh those were the BEST. They retained urine the longest. Lol

TreoBART June 21, 2021 at 3:24 PM

Pretty sure the BART seats I saw on the train today were brown too.

Badge1104 June 21, 2021 at 4:11 PM

Yeah, but the seats now are brown for another reason they’re dirty and sh*ty.
The homeless and the scum pigs that now monopolize Bart is why they had to take out the carpeting. Bart used to be much more pleasant. Frankly when the line used to end in Concord a lot nicer people used to write it. Mainly professionals going to the city to work.
Now it’s entertainment and transportation for the grunge.

Nope! June 21, 2021 at 3:40 PM

LOL! I guess that’s how long it has been since I rode on that traveling Skid Row!

Kauai Mike June 21, 2021 at 4:33 PM

Makes one ponder how many union salaries, fat-cat pensions, and Cadillac medical plans taxpayers have funded for BART employees since then for continually degraded equipment, service, and safety.

Exit 12A June 21, 2021 at 6:12 PM

Carpets and cloth upholstery are appropriate for civilized societies and civilized populations.
Californians have lowered behavioral standards so far that only vinyl and plastics are now used.


Randy June 22, 2021 at 7:42 AM


WC June 21, 2021 at 7:43 PM

Oh, look! Seats without urine, feces, or needles.

Randy June 22, 2021 at 7:41 AM


Gittyup June 21, 2021 at 8:06 PM

People were better behaved at that time and upholstery and carpet were more luxurious. In the “Dumbing of America” plastic is necessary because so many people are drooling

American Citizen June 22, 2021 at 11:01 AM

BART is a means of travel for criminals and bums to get to good areas and panhandle or shoplift the best stuff. Look at the area around a BART station. It usually reeks of urine and resembles a homeless camp.

Every BART station has a small holding cell for bad actors. We (Medics) pick the 5150s and other bums from BART PD custody in that cell all the time. BART is dangerous, overpriced and dirty.

To Do List June 22, 2021 at 11:34 AM

Great picture. Thanks. I’m guessing that is the Orinda station facing towards the eastern parking lot from an SF bound train. Brown was a very popular color for insides of houses in the 1970s, as was Harvest Gold and Avocado Green kitchens. I always like to look at old pictures and think about what those people don’t know will happen in the next few years. Try explaining to 1973 or so passengers that 50 years later the train would look much the same but covered in plastic seats because of the filth and how people cringe at taking BART because of homeless, a term that would have to be explained to them.

chuckie the troll June 22, 2021 at 12:06 PM

Back in those days the worst thing you had to worry about was gum on the seat. Now? Not even bleach would be enough to get me to sit on one of them.

Concord Guy June 23, 2021 at 2:37 PM

If memory serves me correctly, they accelerated replacement of these cloth seats when BART bedbug infestations were getting out of control.

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