A New York City holiday tradition is back – and no, we’re not talking about the windows at Macy’s.
The MTA’s nostalgia train is once again rolling down the city’s subway tracks for the month of December, adding a little holiday old-timiness to the transit system.
For just a swipe of your MetroCard ($2.75) you can hop on the “Shoppers Special” line and take a trip back in time.
This year’s nostalgia train is made up of eight R1/9 cars, also called City Cars, the MTA said. The cars served lines that are no longer used today – including the AA, BB, CC, EE and H – from the 1930s through the 1970s.
“We owe a great deal to these City Cars, because they were durable work horses that remained in our fleet for 40 years. They are the foundation of every subway car we have designed since, and they continue to serve as a reminder of our past and how far we have come in design and customer comfort,” said Wynton Habersham, NYC Transit’s senior vice president of subways. “Our customers love riding these vintage classics every year, and we love showing them off.”
Plop yourself down on a vintage rattan seat and see what it was like to ride the subway in another era, complete with incandescent light bulbs, drop sash-style windows, ceiling fans and roll signs.
The train will run on the M line between Second Avenue and Queens Plaza every Sunday in December through the weekend before Christmas: Dec. 4, 11 and 18. For more information on train times, click here.