Take a ride on historic 1920s and 1930s subway cars in Brooklyn this weekend. The popular, annual MTA Nostalgia Train Ride returns on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, 2015.
Ride your way through 100 years of subway history on cars with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulbs, vintage ads, and windows that open to catch the breeze, for the price of a regular MetroCard ticket.
This year, the MTA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the BMT, which went into service on June 22, 1915. In case you didn’t know, BMT stands for Brooklyn-Manhattan Rapid Transit.
The MTA Nostalgia Train begins at the Brighton Beach Q station, and from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station, from noon to 4pm.
You’ll be able to hop on and off least four different subway car classes, including the original BRT/BMT “Standards,” BMT D-Type Triplex, R-11 Prototype, and even the IND R-1-9s which began and ended their service on BMT lines.
Full schedule on this MTA Nostalgia Train website page.
You can also buy tickets to the special annual Nostalgia Train day in July.
It’s a two-hour jaunt above and below ground to visit Coney Island’s beach-side amusement park. That would include taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, riding the legendary wooden roller coaster Cyclone, eating Nathan’s hot dogs, and visiting the Coney Island Aquarium, which has re-opened after being pretty much wrecked by Superstorm Sandy. Or, you could just stay on the train for for additional rides.
This isn’t your ordinary $2.75 subway ride. Pricing is $50 for adults and $25 for children, through the NYC Transit Museum, operated by the MTA. After all, these vintage trains need special care, and that costs money. Reserve a spot here before all the seats are gone.