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The magical vintage holiday trains are returning to the subway this year

The magical vintage holiday trains are returning to the subway this year
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/NilsPix

If you walk down into a subway station this month and see a vintage subway car festooned with bows and wreaths, we’ve got some bad news. You are not a wizard Harry, and that train is not going to Hogwarts.

Every Sunday this month, the New York City Transit Museum and the MTA are once again running special holiday vintage trains along the Sixth Avenue line from Queens Plaza to 2 Ave. The “Shoppers Special” train consists of eight cars from the ‘30s with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent light bulbs and, presumably, ghosts.

“For all intents and purposes, this was the first modern subway car and today’s subway fleets owe a lot to the design,” said Joe Leader, Senior Vice President of Subways regarding the old-timey train. “They were basic, durable and offered the expected levels of customer comfort for decades after they were introduced into service. We continue to build upon this strong foundation with each new car design.” 

You can catch a ride on the vintage trains from 10am to 5pm on December 6, 13, 20 and 27. The first stop of the day will be 2 Ave where there will also be a special Transit Museum pop-up to meet all of your nephew-gifting needs.

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