Ride back in time on vintage NYC trains and buses this holiday season

December 18, 2018

Via Victoria Pickering on Flickr

Feeling whimsical? Holiday Nostalgia rides are back this season, with vintage train cars and buses replacing regular service through New Year’s. The New York Transit Museum invites New Yorkers and visitors alike to celebrate the magic of the city during the holidays with train rides that run along the F line from 6th Avenue to 47th-50th-Rockefeller Center, with stops at stations like Columbus Circle and 125th Street, all spots known for being major holiday shopping centers.

Bus #3100 built in 1956 via New York Transit Museum

A fleet of 1930s R1-9 train cars replaces regular service on Sundays through Dec. 30. Trains will make express stops at 2nd Avenue, Broadway-Lafayette Street, West 4th Street, Herald Square, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, 7th Avenue, Columbus Circle, and 125th Street.

The relics depart from 2nd Avenue on the F line every two hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The cars leave 125th Street on the A/C/D every two hours between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Riding the vintage train costs the same as regular service, $2.75.

Vintage buses will run on the M42 bus route along 42nd Street in both east and west directions. According to the museum, these old-school buses run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 21. If you can’t catch one, additional buses will be available to check out at Union Square and Herald Square.

The museum will roll out four different buses during the holiday nostalgia rides, all which were built between 1956 and 1966. Get more information on the spirited fleet here.


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