One of my favorite New York City holiday-season rituals takes place on Saturdays each December, when the MTA, which operates the New York City subway system, runs the Nostalgia Train, which is a train comprised of old subway cars from the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. The trains are decorated with period-appropriate ads, for the full throwback effect, and they run from downtown Manhattan to uptown and then back again. The whole round trip takes a little less than two hours.
On Saturday afternoon, I met up with my friends Anne, Robert, Jon, and Karen to ride the retro rails. As usual, there were two main contingents of people on board: vintage enthusiasts decked out in period attire, and serious train geeks.
I didn’t go overboard with the photos this year, but here are some shots of the scene:
If you want to ride the Nostalgia Train, it’s running every Saturday for the rest of December. Details here.
(Big thanks to my friend and fellow Substacker Anne Kadet, who took the photos that include me.)