The ‘City-Car’ interior. Image courtesy the New York Transit Museum
This Saturday, the New York Transit Museum will take you back in time. Provided you catch the train. Introducing Nostalgia Rides, a series of exhibitions of the Museum’s vintage subway cars, buses, and other forms of transportation that New Yorkers used in the early 20th century, long since retired. Saturday’s event, a journey to Coney Island on a collection of Independent Subway System (IND) R 1-9 cars and Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) D-Type Triplex cars together as a single train, will depart at 11 am from the Transit Museum.
In preparation for the event, the Museum painstakingly restored its vintage subway cars. The IND R1-9 “City-Car” models, in service from 1932 to 1977, feature rattan seats, paddle fans, and incandescent light bulbs, all common sights on the city’s subway cars before World War II. The BMT D-Type Triplex models, in service from 1925 to 1965, featured a walkway between cars and soundproofing and lighting systems that were revolutionary for the wooden cars that usually ran on the city’s above-ground subway lines.
Tickets for all ages are available here.