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Nostalgia Ride to 161st Street – Yankee Stadium
March 28, 2019 | 11:00 am - 11:30 amFree with MetroCard swipe!
We’re offering the perfect way to get into the spirit of baseball season and show off your pinstripe pride – a ride to Yankee Stadium aboard our 1917 IRT Lo-V train! If baseball fans swipe their MetroCard right, they’ll ride to the stadium in subway-style on the Transit Museum’s vintage 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.
The Nostalgia Train is scheduled to leave the uptown 4 train platform of 42nd Street – Grand Central at approximately 11 am, and will run non-stop on the Lexington Avenue Line, arriving at 161st Street – Yankee Stadium in about 25 minutes. The ride up to the Bronx will get fans to the stadium gates with plenty of time before the first pitch at 1:05 pm.
Please note that while the subway platform is accessible via elevator, guests will be required to transfer from wheelchairs to board the train, at which point they may sit in a train seat or in their wheelchair. The elevator to the mezzanine can be found inside the main station entrance on East 42nd Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue, immediately to right of Grand Central Terminal. Turn left after paying your fare and the elevator to the uptown platform will be to the right.