MTA nostalgia train returns to NYC for holiday season

The MTA's nostalgia train will run every Sunday through Dec. 24, 2017.
The MTA’s nostalgia train will run every Sunday through Dec. 24, 2017. Photo Credit: NBC News / Brian Doben

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 will once again be rolling down the city’s subway tracks this weekend, adding a little holiday old-timiness to the transit system.

For just a swipe of your MetroCard ($2.75) you can hop on the Second Avenue subway 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, from the 1930s, according to the New York Transit Museum. The cars served lines that are no longer used – including the AA, BB, CC, EE and H – from the 1930s through the 1970s, per the MTA.

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.

In celebration of the Second Avenue subway’s upcoming first anniversary, this year’s nostalgia train will run on the F line between Second Avenue and Lexington Avenue-63rd Street and then switch to the Q line up to the Second Avenue-96th Street stop. Rides will be available every Sunday through Christmas Eve: Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17 and Dec. 24.

For more information on train times, click here