While pacing the platform waiting for the subway last Sunday, a delightful surprise came rumbling down the track - the Nostalgia Special.
Vintage trains from the 1930’s are returned to service on December Sundays as part of the MTA’s Holiday Train events.
Slightly bewildered, we stepped on, and into the past.
The seats are wicker and in surprisingly good shape for their age.
These R1/9 trains were in service until the 1970’s.
The incandescent light bulbs, ceiling fans and padded seats were considered ‘state of the art’ at the time the trains were put into service.
Classic hand holds for standing passengers.
Authentically, the lights flickered on and off throughout the trip.
One look at the schedule confirms that it would be very difficult to plan for a trip on one of these trains.
It’s the surprise that’s the charm of the thing anyway.