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The vintage holiday trains will return on November 27

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Rebecca Fontana

The NYC version of the Hogwarts Express has returned! Starting November 27, the MTA’s vintage nostalgia trains will begin running on the M line every Sunday before Christmas.

The eight train cars are modeled after the R1/9 cars that ran from the 1930s to the 1970s. They have ceiling fans, rattan seats and incandescent lightbulbs—and a big red bow on the front so you know it’s a holiday train.

The trains will be running from 10am to 5pm between 2nd Avenue and Queens Plaza. They cost the same as any other subway ride, $2.75. (For now.) If you don’t catch the train, you can also visit it year-round at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, and there’s also the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden, if you’re just really, really into Christmas decorations on wheels.

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