Take a ride back in time with MTA’s Nostalgia Special

All aboard! Next month, make an excursion on vintage subway trains and buses during the transit authority’s annual holiday event

New York Transit Museum Nostalgia Train Trips

New York Transit Museum Nostalgia Train Trips Photograph: Fred Guenther

Starting next month, you can hop aboard vintage-style buses and subway trains from the MTA's historic fleet—though you'll still have to break out your modern-day MetroCard. The transit authority is rolling out its Nostalgia Special rides for the holidays, meaning that you can travel via a 1930s-era car.

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The Nostalgia Special Train will run on the M line between Queens Plaza in Long Island City and Second Avenue in the East Village during the first four Sundays in December (Dec 1, 8, 15, 22) from 10am through 5pm. The car styles range from the '30s to the '70s—a time well before recorded announcements and fluorescent lighting. Instead, expect padded seats, old-school ceiling fans and incandescent lightbulbs.

You'll also have the chance to catch a vintage bus in midtown, following the M42's crosstown path—except if it rains or snows. Everything about the vehicles, which range from '50s–'80s models, is original (except the conductor and fare box, of course), so they're more fragile than current designs. Check out the old equipment December 2–20, Monday–Friday, 9am–7pm.

For more info, including special models to look out for during Nostalgia Special season, head over to the MTA's website—and if you want to check out more trains from the past, visit the New York Transit Museum.

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