Are you going to Yankee Stadium tonight to see the Yankees start their American League Division playoff series against the Minnesota Twins? Perhaps you'll want to go back a century and take a vintage 1917 Lo-V train to the Bronx!
In keeping with tradition, the NYC Transit Museum has rolled out the Nostalgia Train for the playoffs. The train will depart the uptown 4 train platform at 42nd Street-Grand Central at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 4th, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th, and will go non-stop to 161st Street in 25 minutes. The NYC Transit Museum explains:
The Nostalgia Train, originally operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) system, began service in 1917. The vintage train cars and hundreds of other similar cars served subway customers a few years before the first pitch was thrown at the original Yankee Stadium. With rattan seats, ceiling fans and drop sash windows, the train harkens back to an earlier age of subway travel, and provides a photogenic counterpoint to the new home of the New York Yankees...
...The Lo-V subway fleet served straphangers for more than five decades before they were retired from service in the 1960s. They currently serve as an illustration of just how far rapid transit car design and technology have advanced over the past 100 years. While the vintage cars lack modern amenities such as air-conditioning, LED route indicators, or automated announcements, they more than make up for it in character and historic significance. Nearly 1,200 of these cars ran in the New York subway, and were among the last cars owned by the IRT before the city took control of the subway system in 1940. Guests can sit on the seats, hold onto the handrails, read the vintage advertisements, and travel through time to the early days of the New York subway system.
"We are thrilled that our vintage trains are heading to Yankee Stadium again!” says Transit Museum Director Concetta Bencivenga. “Riding the same train cars that were in service back when Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth were dominating the American League makes an already enjoyable trip that much more special.”
The Yankees are favored to win the series, and players say that the "failure" of their 2017 and 2018 playoffs runs is motivating them. Aaron Judge said on Thursday, "I just think back to a lot of those games in '18; the little things. The little things we missed out on, the little details we missed that might not have affected a certain play but affected us later in the game or affected something later on. Failure is — that's a tough pill to swallow, but it can always be one of your biggest motivators."