Photos via the New York Transit Museum
This weekend, both history buffs and New Yorkers looking to hit the beach can ride on one of the NY Transit Museum’s vintage subway cars. Part of the museum’s “Nostalgia Rides,” on Saturday, passengers can board 1910s BMT B-Type Standards and 1930s IND R1-9 cars and ride them from the 96th Street/2nd Avenue station in Manhattan all the way to Coney Island.
The NY Transit Museum has been operating their iconic Nostalgia Rides since they opened in 1976. Best known for its Holiday Nostalgia rides, the museum also offers a distinctly more summery experience. The train ride concludes at the Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station, where visitors can then visit the beach, explore Luna Park, or see the Transit Museum’s “Five Cents to Dreamland: A Trip to Coney Island” exhibit, on loan and on display at the Coney Island Museum.
Interiors of the trains are still plastered with vintage ads for products like Campbell’s Soup and Grape Nuts. Train conductors are even known to sometimes dress in time period-appropriate clothing.
The antique train will depart on Saturday from the 96th Street/2nd Avenue station at 10:00 a.m. The train will also make a return trip with limited stops in Brooklyn and Manhattan starting at 4:00 p.m. Those interested should book tickets in advance: Tickets won’t be available on the train platform, and ticket sales close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
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