MTA Nostalgia Trains: Take a Ride Back in Time in NYC
[UPDATED: NOVEMBER 25, 2012]
Among the many things we romanticize during the holidays, trains are right up at the top, but usually it's the "choo-choo" kind, not the "screech-screech-unh-unh-eh" variety, a.k.a. the subway.
The exception is the MTA's annual Nostalgia Shoppers' Special Train, vintage subway trains running along the Sixth Avenue line. Read on to find out how you can catch a trip back in time courtesy of the MTA, all for the price of a regular fare!
The MTA's Nostalgia Shoppers' Special Train runs on the Sixth Avenue line between Queens Plaza and Second Avenue stations on six consecutive Sundays, November 25-December 30. (Technically, it's the M line but since that train doesn't run in Manhattan on weekends, you'll actually be catching a special shuttle.) For your regular $2.25 fare, you can enjoy a classic ride on vintage R1/9 subway trains that date from the 1930s through the 1970s. Old-school advertisements, from quaint to downright funny, and overhead displays have all been maintained and refurbished by the New York Transit Museum.
Departure times from the Second Avenue station are 10:01am, 11:30am, 1:01pm, 2:30pm and 4:01pm. Departure times from Queens Plaza are 10:44am, 12:14pm, 1:43pm, 3:14pm and 4:44pm. The vintage trains will hit all of the stops along the M line every 90 minutes or so. 34 Street/Herald Square, 42 Street/Bryant Park and 47-50 Streets/Rockefeller Center are all on the route, so you can take an old-fashioned ride to some old-fashioned seasonal fun, like Macy’s Santaland, the ice-skating rink at Bryant Park and all of the department store holiday windows.
Looking for more train fun for the holidays? Check out the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show. You can read about other seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide and find great gift ideas in our NYC Shopping Local Gift Guide.