After stumbling through the rain yesterday in a mood that only stumbling through the rain can illicit, I descended the stairs at the 2nd Avenue F train stop to behold a festive sight: The cultish holiday “Nostalgia Train” docked at the Uptown platform. Instead of carrying rain-weary, impatient passengers, it was filled with folks passing around steaming cups of cocoa and cider and dressed in 1930’s garb to reflect the era in which the retro trains (still the originals) were running on New York’s subterranean tracks. The trains were in service from 1930 until 1977, and the transit authority will be rolling out the vintage fleet every Sunday through December 26th. While many of the passengers were there for a makeshift holiday party, the train runs with regular service on the M line between Queens Plaza and the 2nd Avenue stop in Lower Manhattan. How’s that for an impromptu holiday party? Schedule and details after the jump.
Apparently there are several models, but the one I boarded was a green model from 1931. There were vintage ads and ceiling vents (some cars even have ceiling fans) and a proper conductor to announce when to watch out for the closing doors. It was much louder than what we’re used to, and because of its wider construction, it felt wobblier and boxier.
You can catch a ride on these classic R1/9 subway cars at stations along the weekday M line between Queens Plaza and 2 Av. You can board at train stops found here.