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New York City Transit: Jamaica Yard Tour

July 21, 2018 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Two trains in Jamaica Yard

Serving the IND Queens Boulevard Line since it opened in 1936, Jamaica Yard currently serves more subway cars than any other yard in New York City. The area, originally swampland, has had many uses over time: during the American Revolution, it was occupied by British troops; a pumping station was on the site before it was turned over to the Board of Transportation; and the temporary World’s Fair Railroad passed through it in 1939-40. In 1965, car-washing machines were installed at the yard, and today’s R42 and R160 cars assigned to the E, F, and R lines receive car wash, interior cleaning, grease, and minor repair services here. Join Superintendent Vito Oliveri on this special Members-Only tour of Jamaica Yard to learn about the services performed here and plans for the yard in the future.


Tickets are $50 for museum members only.

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Photography allowed only at the discretion of shop personnel. Closed-toed, sturdy shoes are required. Visitors will also be required to climb stairs as part of the tour.

Children must be 10+ to attend and accompanied by an adult at all times. 

To be admitted to these restricted sites, participants must provide a copy of a government-issued ID for a background check, and must sign a release immediately after purchasing tickets.

This tour provides access to a secure area normally off-limits to the general public. There may not be places to sit or amenities like climate control or restrooms. If you have any concerns, please email [email protected] or call 718-694-1867. For information on American Sign Language interpreters, Assisted Listening Devices, or other accessibility matters please visit nytransitmuseum.org/accessibility.

All ticket sales are final. Should you be unable to attend the tour on the date you reserved, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Museum is not able to reschedule reservations to another tour date.


July 21, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sold Out!
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