Thursday, December 1, 2022

Vintage New York Train Rides Are Back

By Joseph M. Calisi © 2022 All Rights Reserved

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering a true ride into the past – vintage subway car rides that haven’t happened for the last 2 years with 3 trips.

The trips feature rides on the routes of The Transit Authority’s three predecessor lines, some of them on the exact lines those subway systems began on originally.

The first rides occur with two trips on the ‘Low Voltage’ or ‘Lo-Vs’ cars on Saturday, June 4th, at 9:30 am and 2 pm. These 2 separate trips depart from the vintage South Ferry loop platform for a round trip on the Dyre Avenue or the White Plains lines and back. The cars were built a century ago.

The second trip is to Coney Island’s Stillwell Avenue terminal and patrons will be able to traverse the famous boardwalk with the R 1-9 cars during a mid-trip break for the return trip to the Transit Museum. The train will ride on the BMT (Brooklyn Manhattan Transit) lines.  The train departs at 10 am from the New York Transit Museum.

The third and final summertime excursion departs for the Rockaways on Saturday, August 13th, at 10 am. The trip originates from the 96th Street-Second Avenue Station in Manhattan to Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Street terminal in Queens. It rides the INDpendent (or IND) A line to 175th Street in Manhattan.


Joseph Calisi
Joseph Calisi
International Transportation Photojournalist and Syndicator of News Stories and Images Since 1993 TV credits include Telly Award finalist (11-minute documentary on the last days of mainline steam trains in the world in China) and NY Emmy Award nominee for a news magazine story on the 75th anniversary of NY’s IND subway.

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