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All Aboard Nostalgia! The Vintage Subway Cars Are Back in NYC for the Holiday Season

With the window displays, the twinkly lights everywhere, and all the holiday markets, it’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit here in New York City.

The MTA is also resuming it’s duties serving up some holiday cheer for commuters.

The “Shoppers Special” rides on vintage subways will be coming back later this month to shuttle New Yorkers and tourists between Lower Manhattan and Queens for four consecutive Sundays.

The “City Cars” are a squad of R1/9 subway cars that originally ran between the 1930s to the 1970s. They have rattan seats, drop-sash style windows, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, and roll signs.

As usual, they will also be decorated for the holiday season.

“We owe a great deal to these City Cars, because they were durable work horses that remained in our fleet for 40 years. …They continue to serve as a reminder of our past and how far we have come in design and customer comfort,” says Wynton Habersham, NYC Transit’s Senior Vice President of Subways.

“Our customers love riding these vintage classics every year, and we love showing them off.”

You can take a ride on one of these special subway cars, still just for a normal swipe of your MetroCard on the following Sundays: November 27th, December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th. The trains will be running via the 6 Av Line between 2 Av and Queens Plaza.

The “Shoppers Special” departs from 2 Av at 10:05 a.m., 11:13 a.m., 1:03 p.m., 2:33 p.m., and 4:03 p.m., and leaves Queens Plaza at 10:44 a.m., 12:14 p.m., 1:44 p.m., 3:14 p.m., 4:44 p.m.…

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from the NYC MTA: MTA New York City Transit, NY Transit Museum Ring in Holidays with Vintage Buses, Subways

Vintage Train

MTA New York City Transit and the New York Transit Museum are putting extra magic on the tracks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s annual holiday tradition of rides to the past via its vintage fleet of buses and subway trains – and the chance for transit fans to buy museum merchandise at a special station pop-up shop.

The holiday nostalgia fleet includes subway cars from the 1930s and buses from the late 1940s to the 1980s. The New York Transit Museum typically displays these vehicles during special events at the museum or around the city, but are offering these holiday nostalgia rides to the public for a limited time with the swipe of a MetroCard. Some vintage buses also will be on display at Union Square, Herald Square and at the Circle Line Terminal.

For four consecutive Sundays in December, subway customers can catch the “Shoppers Special,” a train consisting of eight cars from the 1930s that ran along the lettered lines until the late 1970s. The cars, which were ordered for the Independent Subway System (IND), were the first subway cars to be identified by their contract numbers, hence the R1/9 designations. R1/9 cars, known as ““City-Cars,” have rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent light bulbs, and roll signs for passenger information. Their design of more doors that were also wider and faster, plus increased standing capacity to accommodate crowds, served as the model of modern subway cars, and their dimensions are identical to the latest R160 cars. They were retired from service in 1977.

“For all intents and purposes, this was the first modern subway car and today’s subway fleets owe a lot to the design,” said Joe Leader, Senior Vice President of Subways. “They were basic, durable and offered the expected levels of customer comfort for decades after they were introduced into service. We continue to build upon this strong foundation with each new car design.”

The “Shoppers Special” will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 6, 13, 20, and 27, making local stops on the 6 Av Line from Queens Plaza to 2 Av. The first run of the day departs from 2 Av, where a special museum pop-up shop will be open every Sunday during the holiday nostalgia rides.

MTA NYC Transit is also putting a fleet of vintage buses on the M42 route for weekday daytime service between November 30 and December 18. The buses, which will operate between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., will only be available weather permitting. The vintage fleet will not operate in rainy, snowy or icy conditions.

This year’s holiday nostalgia buses were manufactured by General Motors, Mack and Flexible, three major firms that no longer manufacture buses.

“Seeing these vintage buses in service again is always a nostalgic event for many New Yorkers. My father and I drove some of these buses, which makes this an especially personal event for me,” said Darryl Irick, President of MTA Bus Company and Senior Vice President New York City Transit Department of Buses.

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from Spoiled NYC: MTA Just Announced Vintage Subways and Buses Will Run Over the Holiday Season in NYC

Because it’s officially the holiday season in New York City, there’s news of this from the wonderful folks over at the MTA:

“For four consecutive Sundays in December, subway customers can catch the “Shoppers Special,” a train consisting of eight cars from the 1930s that ran along the lettered lines until the late 1970s.

The cars, which were ordered for the Independent Subway System (IND), were the first subway cars to be identified by their contract numbers, hence the R1/9 designations.

R1/9 cars, known as ““City-Cars,” have rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent light bulbs, and roll signs for passenger information.

Their design of more doors that were also wider and faster, plus increased standing capacity to accommodate crowds, served as the model of modern subway cars, and their dimensions are identical to the latest R160 cars. They were retired from service in 1977.”

“For all intents and purposes, this was the first modern subway car and today’s subway fleets owe a lot to the design,” said Joe Leader, Senior Vice President of Subways.

“They were basic, durable and offered the expected levels of customer comfort for decades after they were introduced into service. We continue to build upon this strong foundation with each new car design.”

Is it just us or do these holiday trains actually make the price of subway ride less… painful on our minds (and wallets)?…

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VINTAGE BUS BASH ON GOVERNORS ISLAND

Saturday July 11 & Sunday July 12
11am – 4pm
Free

Four of the Transit Museum’s vintage buses are headed to Governors Island for a summer getaway! Our Vintage Bus Bash will transport visitors back to the 1940s and 1950s. Come see iconic “fishbowl” windows, the first air-conditioned bus in the country, the bus model that Jackie Gleason drove in his role on The Honeymooners, and more. No bus fare needed – this event is free!…

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The New York Transit Museum will also be kicking off its summer of Nostalgia Rides with a journey to Coney Island on vintage Independent Subway System (IND) R 1-9 cars and Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) D-Type Triplex cars.…

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from the NYPL: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2015/07/09/beneath-streets-hidden-relics-new-york-citys-subway-system-matt-litwack

Author @ the Library:
Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York City’s Subway System, with Matt Litwack, American Photographer and Graffiti Artist
Thursday, July 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at Mid-Manhattan Library (fully accessible to wheelchairs)
Only a handful of transit workers, daring explorers and graffiti writers have experienced the full scope of the New York subway system. Beneath the Streets reveals this world for the first time with fantastic photographs captured from throughout the tunnels and byways of the subway. Although it provides service to over 5 million riders every day, the subway is for most a sealed system. Very few of its patrons are aware of the extent of this vast underground infrastructure. The authors of Beneath the Streets first discovered this hidden world in the process of photographing graffiti found below ground in the subway system. Now their riveting documentary work opens up this subterranean maze, including 600 miles of active track as well as abandoned sections and disused stations, for all to experience.…

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From The NY Post: Confederate Flags Adorn This Times Square Subway Station

Tiny Confederate flags are right under the noses of millions of straphangers passing through the Times Square subway station every day.

The tile mosaics honor the late New York Times head Adolph S. Ochs, a Southerner with “strong ties to the Confederacy,” said Civil War historian Dr. David Jackowe.

The tiles were installed more than 90 years ago when stations were adorned with symbols to honor prominent figures — in this case, the Tennessee-raised Ochs, who was buried with a Confederate flag after his death in 1935.

But commuters are disgusted, especially after last week’s slaughter at a Charleston, South Carolina, church allegedly by Dylann Roof, a Confederate flag-waving racist.

“As a black man, it’s insulting, and it’s racist,” said Cain Steed, 38. “It hurts. It shouldn’t be represented here.”

Isjad Choudary, 20, also wanted them gone.

“Erase! Done!” the student said. “With what just happened, you can see it’s still influencing racist behavior. No way! Kaput!”

Erwin Minerve, 42, said: “Take it down! I want my son to be aware because it’s history, but I don’t want it to be blatantly plastered in our face in the subway like that.”

Although born in Ohio, Ochs had ties to the rebel cause, Jackowe wrote in Civil War Times in 2012.

His mom, Bertha Levi Ochs, was a charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and helped smuggle spies and quinine during the war, Jackowe said.

Ochs would run editorials and pictorial editions devoted to Dixie, Jackowe wrote.

The MTA dismissed any similarity to the flag.

“It is a geometric pattern, not a flag design, and has no reference to anything beyond a pattern,” said spokesman Kevin Ortiz. “Similar patterns in other palettes of colors are found in various subway stations.”…

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A thank you to the New York Nineteenth Century Society for re-posting the following on Facebook:

Did you miss the nostalgia trains last December? You can ride them again this weekend! While they aren’t 19th-century trains (if only!), they are historic and lots of fun. Check them out on the Q and B lines between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.…

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On Saturday, June 20, 9am to 11am, the New York Transit Museum will celebrate the 100th birthday of the BMT with a Party on Wheels! Ride historic D-type triplex trains from the 1920s, pose for vintage photos, meet conductors of the past, work on a craft project, and even sing Happy Birthday to the BMT, all while enjoying a slice of cake for breakfast! More information and tickets at mta.info/museum.…

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