Vintage Holiday Trains Will Return to the NYC Subway This Weekend

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Vintage Holiday Trains Will Return to the NYC Subway This Weekend
Following a long tradition, the MTA in Conjunction with the New York Transit Museum will be rolling out their vintage holiday trains this weekend. Here are all the details.

Special antique trains on the subway? “Aren’t they all antiques”, you ask? Well, believe it or not, they aren’t. And to prove it the MTA is rolling out even older, crappier trains, for the holidays, starting Thanksgiving weekend.  You giving thanks yet?

Ok. ok, enough with the “Bah humbug!” This is actually a sweet annual tradition, and we’re here to fill you in on all the festive details.

The MTA and the New York Transit Museum are going back to their annual tradition starting this Sunday (November 26)They’ll be unleashing eight vintage train cars, originally built in the 1930’s, back on the tracks every Sunday between now and Christmas Eve.

To celebrate this year’s opening of the Second Avenue Subway, the “Shoppers Special” fleet will run on the Second Avenue Subway line from 96 Street to Lexington Avenue/63 Street, then make stops along the Sixth Avenue line to 2 Avenue.

The first run of each Sunday set’s off at 10 am from Second Avenue and the last train will set off at 5 pm from 96 Street. Here’s a schedule:

Departing from 2nd Ave: 10 am – 12 pm – 2 pm – 4 pm.

Departing from 96 Street Q: 11 am – 1 pm – 3 pm – 5 pm.

The train is like a mini time capsule, you see ceiling fans, lighting provided by incandescent bulbs, rattan (similar to wicker) seats, even era-specific original ads.


Catch up with the NYC’s version take on Hogwarts Express and, for once, you’ll all be glad to be riding an old noisy train.

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