Grand Central Gallery Annex
15th Annual Holiday Train Show
November 14, 2016 – February 26, 2017
Come celebrate the holiday season with us! This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman. Vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” model trains and a selection of Transit Museum Collection ½” scale trolley models made by Dr. George Rahilly will also be on view.
The 15th Annual Holiday Train Show is sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems. Generous in-kind support is provided by Lionel.
Five Cents to Dreamland: A Trip to Coney Island
From horse-drawn carriages, steamboats, and railroads, to the buses and subways of today, transportation has played a pivotal role in Coney Island’s development as a seaside resort, the home of the world’s first amusement parks and the densely populated neighborhood it became. Through objects, maps and images from the Museum’s collection, Five Cents to Dreamland traces the evolution of public transportation in Brooklyn and its storied connections to the wonders of Coney Island both past and present.
Five Cents to Dreamland is sponsored by Scheidt & Bachmann. Additional support is provided by di Domenico + Partners LLP and Domingo Gonzalez Associates Architectural Lighting Design.
Art on the Tracks: Teens Explore the End of the Line
Through February 2017
This summer, photographer John Sanderson and painter Janina McCormack led a 3-session workshop for 9th – 12th graders. The group learned about photography fundamentals and self-expression through studying Sanderson’s photographic series Railroad Landscapes, exploring the Transit Museum collection, and embarking on guided photography journeys to the Coney Island Yard, Van Cortlandt Park, Hudson Yards, and Willets Point. Now on view in Downtown Brooklyn, the images bear witness to the unique, and sometimes surprising, visions of each student.
Underground: Joan Iaconetti Watercolors
In her series of evocative, geometric-impressionist watercolors, artist Joan Iaconetti simplifies the complex interaction of humans and subway station architecture into ragged shapes of light and dark. The paintings, created in layers of thick transparent watercolor and gouache, are illuminated by the fractured light of speeding trains as they pass by.
Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis
Ongoing through 2017
A new exhibit offering a unique perspective on the vital, often unseen, work of New York’s transit employees. Using the events of 9/11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather events as examples, the exhibition reveals the critical role that mass transit personnel play in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Through a vibrant display of objects, photographs, media, and personal accounts, the exhibition highlights the technical and professional skills needed to restore public transportation service and get New Yorkers moving again after crisis strikes. Explore the exhibit online>>
Bringing Back the City is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Major support is provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Alstom. Additional support is provided by Interactive Elements Incorporated, Steven J. Vaccaro, Aksia LLC, di Domenico + Partners LLP, and Joseph and Tamra Lhota.
Steel, Stone & Backbone: Building New York’s Subways presents a look at the construction methods and labor required to build the city’s first subway line at the turn of the 20th Century. Historical artifacts, video and photography footage bring to life the dedication and tenacity of the workers who made this project possible.
Moving the Millions highlights the evolution of the subway and the major issues and events that influenced the development of the largest transportation network in North America. Home to twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907, and a working signal tower, the Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block.
On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses tells the story of above ground mobility and surface transit from the early 1800s to the present. A 12-seat city bus, “fishbowl” bus cab, walk-don’t walk signs, parking meters, fire hydrants, traffic lights, and an array of other interactive “Street furniture” bring this exhibit to life. Visitors can also learn about the evolution of fuel technologies and its environmental impact.
Fare Collection traces the history of paper tickets, tokens, illegal slugs, MetroCards, and the many turnstile designs (both vintage and contemporary) that have moved commuters through the system since 1904.
No Spitting on the Platform depicts a selection of historic way-finding and platform etiquette signage from the Museum’s archives.
The Dr. George T.F Rahilly Trolley and Bus Study Center features over 50 detailed scale models of trolleys and work cars, with a focus on Brooklyn.