‘Tis The Season To Ride NYC’s Vintage Holiday Trains!

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‘Tis The Season To Ride NYC’s Vintage Holiday Trains!

The holidays are nearly here, which means so are the Holiday Nostalgia Rides from the New York Transit Museum.

Every year, the museum collaborates with the MTA to roll out vintage trains for an old-timey commute in celebration of the holiday magic in NYC. The longstanding tradition will begin on Sunday, December 1—just after Thanksgiving.

The museum will roll out their vintage 1930s R1-9 train cars every Sunday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s: December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. The vintage trains will run the regular MTA service, so it’ll only cost the $2.75 of a MetroCard swipe.

The New York Transit Museum does this annually “as an ode to the holiday shopping season.” This year all trains will depart from Second Avenue station on the F line in lower Manhattan. They will leave at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, continuing north to 125th Street (December 1 and 8) or to 145th Street (December 15, 22 and 29), with plenty of stops in between for straphangers to hop on.

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On December 1 and 8, it will be making stops at these stations as it goes uptown:

  • 2nd Avenue (F)
  • Broadway-Lafayette Street (D/F/M)
  • West 4th Street – Washington Square (F/M, A/C/E)
  • 14th Street (A/C/E)
  • 23rd Street (C/E)
  • 34th Street – Penn Station (A/C/E)
  • 42nd Street – Port Authority (A/C/E)
  • 50th Street (C/E)
  • 59th Street – Columbus Circle (A/C/D)
  • 125th Street (A/C/D)

The 1930s Nostalgia Train will then make its way back downtown, departing 125th Street on the downtown A line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

On December 15, 22 and 29, it will make these stops going uptown:

  • 2nd Avenue (F)
  • Broadway-Lafayette Street (D/F/M)
  • West 4th Street – Washington Square (D/F/M, A/C/E)
  • 34th Street – Herald Square (D/F/M)
  • 42nd Street – Bryant Park (D/F/M)
  • 47th – 50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (D/F/M)
  • 59th Street – Columbus Circle (A/C/D)
  • 125th Street (A/C/D)
  • 145th Street (A/C/D)

And going downtown will depart 145th Street on the downtown D line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

For more specifics on this year’s schedule, check out their website here.

Featured image: New York Transit Museum

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