NYC’s secret Nostalgia Train is back for your Christmas cheer

Maria Sergeeva
November 25, 2017

The New York Transit Museum and the MTA have come together once again The annual New York City vintage trains are returning into service every Sunday for the holiday season. A ride will cost you $2.75, as any subway ride.

Nostalgia trains with antique cars dating from the 1930s through the 1970s will replace some regular service cars and celebrate the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway.

The train line, consisting of eight vintage New York subway cars from several different eras, runs for a few weekends each year — from the Sunday after Thanksgiving to the end of the year, starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at about 5 p.m.

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According to the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the train "departs from the 2nd Avenue subway station on the F line at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. and from the 96th Street subway station on the Q line at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m."

To take a ride, you should know the exact route of this fantastic time mashine. In 2017, the holiday train is running on the F line between 2nd Av and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street, and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street on the Upper East Side.

In addition to restoring bulb lighting and ventilation systems, the MTA also restored the station ID placard original advertisements, rattan seating and ceiling fans, according to the New York City Transit Museum, making you time travel look even more real.

Locals and visitors often make this travel back in time even more authentic, dressing in mid-20th century garb and performing music. Some of them pose for photos next to the antique train cars and don’t mind taking pictures with you.

A selection of the Transit Museum’s vintage bus fleet will also be running on the M42 route beginning Monday, December 4 to Friday, December 22, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.