10. MTA’s Holiday Nostalgia Trains

Image courtesy the New York Transit Museum

While news about the city’s decaying subway system has been anything but great, the New York Transit Museum and the MTA have come together once again for the holiday season to bring some measure of holiday cheer to its riders with the Holiday Nostalgia Trains. Vintage trains from decades past will replace some regular service cars and celebrate the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway.

The 1930s R1-9 train cars will begin running this Sunday, November 26, and every Sunday through Christmas Eve (December 3, 10, 17, and 24) along the F line between 2nd Avenue and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street, and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street. Always a big hit amongst visitors and New Yorkers, the cars come complete with rattan seats, drop-sash style windows, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements.

The trains will leave from the 2nd Avenue F train stop at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm, and to mark the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway, will leave for the 96th Street Q train stop at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm.

Looking for more vintage holiday nostalgia? A selection of the Transit Museum’s vintage bus fleet will also be running on the M24 route beginning Monday, December 4 to Friday, December 22, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.