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Onboard the NYC Subway's 1930s Vintage Train (and How You Can Still Catch It)

December 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

What is, in our own opinion, the coolest event of the holiday season in New York City is almost over, but you've still got one more chance to hop onboard the MTA Nostalgia Train.

The holiday “Nostalgia Special” is a regular subway train, running on the M line from Queens Plaza to 2nd Avenue, and it's made up of historic cars from the 1930s through the 1980s. It operates on Sundays only, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., on December 1, 8, 15 and 22. That leaves December 22.

There's no special ticket needed to ride; enter the subway with a Metrocard and pay the usual $2.25 per ride fare.

Looking to pinpoint an exact time? Here they are:

Leaving 2nd Ave.:
10:01am
11:31am
1:01pm
2:30pm
4:01pm

Leaving Queens Plaza:
10:44am
12:14pm
1:43pm
3:14pm
4:44pm

Be sure to pay a visit to these special cars on the train:

Car No. 100 – Manufactured by American Car and Foundry, this R1-type car was the first car in the initial order of 300 cars placed in service for the opening of the IND subway.

Car No. 484 – Part of a 500-car order of R4 cars manufactured by American Car & Foundry. In 1946, this car received a retrofit of bulls-eye lighting and a public address system.

Car No. 1575 – Originally manufactured as an R7, this car was involved in a wreck in 1946. Sent to the American Car & Foundry factory, the car was rebuilt as prototype of the next generation R10 subway car.

We ride every year, and for 2013 we managed to catch a 1:43pm Queens Plaza departure this last Sunday. Time goes faster than you think, and the train is a noisy one. We recommend staying on for a full roundtrip, and take advantage of the open doors between cars to saunter up and down the length of the train, gawking at each car and its incredible assortment of vintage advertisements. If you're lucky, you may even run into a jazz quartet. See you underground!

[Photos: Steven Drescher]

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