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Ride a 100-year-old subway train in Downtown Brooklyn this Sunday

Will Gleason

Think the trains running on the C line today are ancient? On Sunday, the New York Transit Museum is celebrating the birthday of a vintage subway car that makes them look like spring chickens.

This year is the 100th birthday of the vintage Lo-V subway cars that began transporting New Yorkers around the city all the way back in 1917. To mark the occasion, the museum is throwing a special Party on Wheels event where attendees will be able to ride one of the 100-year-old historic trains.

The rides are set to begin at 9am (though with the subway these days, you never really know), and will travel back and forth between the museum’s platform and the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station. In fact, it’s the only time all year that you’ll have the opportunity to ride a train departing directly from the museum’s platform.

In addition to the shuttle rides, a number of birthday-themed activities will be on hand at the family-friendly event. Breakfast and birthday cake will both be served, and kids can take advantage of transportation-themed crafts, face painting and a conductor cab photo booth. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Transit Museum's education programs.

See some photos of the old Lo-V subway cars in action back in the day below!

Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum


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