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Published November 13, 2023

NYC's Holiday Nostalgia Trains Return for the Season

Here's everything to know about the annual holiday tradition, including when, where, and how to take a ride! πŸŽ„πŸš‡

by New York Bucket List


The New York City subway has been running for over 100 years, and the routes and cars have changed and expanded significantly over the past century. This winter, New Yorkers can travel through time and experience some of the cars from the subway’s earlier days. The New York Transit Museum’s vintage fleet will be up and running for a few select dates this holiday season.

The Holiday Nostalgia Train is a longstanding tradition in the city, and this year's event will showcase the New York Transit Museum’s 1930s R1/9 train cars, allowing New Yorkers to step back in time every Saturday in December. Modern for their time, the eight R1/9 cars feature rattan seats, paddle ceiling fans (installed before the age of air conditioning), incandescent light bulbs, roll signs, and period advertisements. Today, they are preserved as part of the New York Transit Museum’s collection.  

Riding the special trains will cost you no more than the swipe of your Metro card or an OMNY tap. See below for more info on how, when, and where you can join in on the nostalgic fun.

2023 Holiday Nostalgia Train Schedule & Route

This year, the Holiday Nostalgia Train will operate on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s! Catch the vintage train between 10am and 5pm on Saturday, December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Trains will operate between 2nd Avenue on the uptown F line platform and 145th on the downtown D line platform.

Uptown Stops:

  • 2nd Avenue (F)
  • Broadway-Lafayette Street (D/F)
  • West 4th Street – Washington Square (D/F, A/C/E)
  • 34th Street – Herald Square (D/F)
  • 42nd Street – Bryant Park (D/F)
  • 47th β€“ 50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (D/F)
  • 59th Street – Columbus Circle (A/C/D)
  • 125th Street (A/C/D)
  • 145th Street (A/C/D)

Downtown Stops:

  • 145th Street (A/C/D)
  • 125th Street (A/C/D)
  • 59th Street – Columbus Circle (A/C/D)
  • 7th Avenue (D/E)
  • 47th β€“ 50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (D)
  • 42nd Street – Bryant Park (D/F)
  • 34th Street – Herald Square (D/F)
  • West 4th Street – Washington Square (A/C/E, D/F)
  • Broadway-Lafayette Street (D/F)
  • 2nd Avenue (F)


More information on Holiday Nostalgia Rides.


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