Photo courtesy of the New York Transit Museum
Baseball fans headed to the New York Yankees home opener this week can arrive in the Bronx via a transportation method almost as old as the team itself. On Thursday, the New York Transit Museum is rolling out its 1917 IRT Lo-V train to run from Grand Central to 161st-Street Yankee Stadium, allowing Bronx-bound passengers to travel back in time before officially kicking off the 2019 baseball season.
According to the museum, the Lo-V subway fleet, with rattan seats and ceilings fans, ran for more than five decades. The cars were among the last owned by the IRT before the city took control of the system in 1940. While there is no air conditioning or automated announcements, riders can enjoy the vintage advertisements and hold on to the old-school straphangers.
“Can you think of a better way to get to the Yankees Home Opener than hopping aboard a 1917 train for the trip to the stadium?” Concetta Bencivenga, the director of the museum said. “We are delighted to be able to take you back in time and to the Bronx, just swipe your MetroCard and meet us on the platform!”
The nostalgia train will leave from the 4 train platform at 42nd Street-Grand Central at about 11 a.m. on Thursday. It will run express on the Lexington Avenue Line, getting to Yankee Stadium in roughly 25 minutes. The game between the Bronx Bombers and the Baltimore Orioles kicks off just after 1 p.m.
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