Holiday Nostalgia Rides

Holiday Nostalgia Train of R1/9 Cars, 2013

Holiday Nostalgia Rides

Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of subway cars and buses. This holiday season, we continue the tradition of placing our vintage R1-9 train cars and a selection of our vintage buses from decades past in regular service on the Sixth Avenue local line and the M42 bus route. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe!

Nostalgia Train

Vintage Train, Illustration by Julia RothmanCatch the Holiday Nostalgia Train on November 26, December 4, 11, and 18 at any Sixth Avenue local stop between Second Avenue and Queens Plaza. This special eight-car subway train of  R1-9 cars from the 1930s is complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements.

Train departs from Second Avenue at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm.


Nostalgia Buses

Bus 9098, Illustration by Julia Rothman.Selections from the Museum’s vintage fleet of buses will be in service on the M42 route, Monday through Friday, December 5 – 21 from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with additional buses on display at Union Square and Herald Square. Some of this year’s special guests include Bus 3100 (1956), the first air-conditioned transit buses nationwide; Bus 9098 (1958), part of the last order of “Old Look” style buses from General Motors; and Bus 8466 (1966), the first bus to feature illuminated advertising signs on each side.



Note: Equipment is subject to change. Vintage train and bus service is weather permitting. 


See information about visiting the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn or at Grand Central Terminal, and view directions, hours and admission prices for both locations.

Vintage Fleet

Check out a selection of restored train cars and buses from our vintage fleet!

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Coming Up:

Sat 28

Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station

Saturday, January 28 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 28

Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station

Saturday, January 28 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Feb 12

Jewel in the Crown: Old City Hall Station

Sunday, February 12 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm