Reminder that each Sunday in December you can take a trip back in time on a vintage NYC subway train. The annual and popular MTA Holiday Nostalgia Train features vintage R 1/9 cars that were in service between 1932 and 1977.
You might remember light bulbs, woven wicker seats, ceiling fans and windows you could open before the days of air conditioning. And straps to hang on to – the reason NYC subway riders are called “straphangers”.
As NYCOTC wrote recently, for 2015, the MTA has renamed the Holiday Nostalgia Train as the “Shopper’s Special”, and hopes you will use it to shop and eat, along the route, especially at locally-owned stores and restaurants.
The vintage trains are the same price as a regular MetroCard ride, and run between 1om and 5pm December 6, 13, 20, and 27, making local stops on the Sixth Avene Line, between Queens Plaza and Second Ave. on the Lower East Side.
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The first run of the day departs from Second Avenue, where a special museum pop-up shop will be open every Sunday during the holiday nostalgia rides.
The MTA also is putting a fleet of vintage buses on the M42 route for weekday daytime service between November 30 and December 18.
The buses, which will operate between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., will only be available weather permitting. The vintage fleet will not operate in rainy, snowy or icy conditions.
The New York Transit Museum typically displays these vehicles during special events at the museum or around the city, but are offering these holiday nostalgia rides to the public for a limited time. Some vintage buses also will be on display at Union Square, Herald Square and at the Circle Line Terminal.
Take the kids to ride the MTA Nostalgia Train. They’ll think it’s fun.
Take grammie and pops. They’ll love the memories.
Happy holiday riding from NYC on the Cheap.
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