The New York City subway is ringing in its venerable 110th birthday this week. And to celebrate the centennial-plus anniversary of one of the world's oldest and biggest public transportation systems, the MTA will dig out a couple of our favorite Nostalgia Trains. Sadly, you might have to go to Times Square to catch a ride on one of these bad boys, but consider it a worthy sacrifice.
The MTA says they'll be running two vintage cars along the 2 and 3 track from 96th Street to Times Square-42nd Street. One, a four car Low-Voltage train, was in service through the late 1960s; the second is a "Train of Many Colors," comprised of R33 and R36-subway cars that were in service from the 1960s until 2001.
You can hitch a ride on one of these grand dames tomorrow and Monday for no cost, save the initial MetroCard swipe to get you into the station. The schedule is as follows, per the MTA:
On Sunday, between noon and 5 p.m.:
- The Low-Voltage train leaves Times Sq-42 St at noon; 1 p.m.; 2 p.m.; 3 p.m.; 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. It leaves 96 St at 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
- The “Train of Many Colors” leaves 96 St at noon; 1 p.m.; 2 p.m.; 3 p.m.; 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. It departs Times Square-42 St at 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
On Monday, October 27, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.:
- The Low-Voltage train leaves Times Sq-42 St on the hour. It departs 96 St at half past the hour.