If you're headed to Yankee Stadium tonight to see the Bronx Bombers host the Oakland A's in the American League's wild card game, you should also know it's Nostalgia Train time!
You can roll back in time in a vintage subway car—a 1917 IRT Lo-V train, to be exact—by heading to the uptown 4 train platform of 42nd Street-Grand Central at approximately 7 p.m. The Nostalgia Train will then run non-stop on the Lexington Avenue line, putting riders at Yankee Stadium in about 35 minutes.
The NYC Transit Museum says, "The ride up to the Bronx will get fans to the stadium gates with plenty of time before the first pitch at 8:05 pm. All it takes is good timing and a swipe of a MetroCard to get you onboard the vintage subway train."
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.
New York Transit Museum Director Concetta Bencivenga said, "These cars began service more than 100 years ago, and it’s possible that these very same train cars carried Yankees fans to their first World Series win at the original Yankee Stadium in 1923."
For even more transit nostalgia, head over to Busfest 2018 at Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend, where the Transit Museum is bringing out vintage busses from the last 80 years.