Vintage Subway Trains Here For the Holidays

The "Shoppers Special" train at 96 St. Photo Credit: Ron Yee
Photo Credit: Ron Yee

Customers looking to get a taste of nostalgia this holiday season are in luck: Vintage subway trains are returning to the city.

Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of MTA New York City Transit’s longstanding annual tradition of offering holiday vintage rides on subways and buses between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, all for the swipe of a MetroCard. On Sunday afternoons from November 26 to December 24, New York City Transit will run its “Shoppers Special” train consisting of eight cars from the 1930s that operated on the lettered lines until the late 1970s.

As part of the MTA’s celebration of this year’s opening of the Second Avenue Subway, the “Shoppers Special” will run on the Second Avenue Subway line from 96 St Q Subway to Lexington Av/63 St F SubwayQ Subway, then make local stops along the Sixth Avenue B SubwayD SubwayF SubwayM Subway line to 2 Av F Subway. The first run of each Sunday departs at 10 a.m. from 2 Av and the last run of the day departs at 5 p.m. from 96 St. Trains also depart from Second Avenue at 12 p.m., 2 p.m.. and 4 p.m and from 96 St Q at 11a.m., 1 p.m, 3:00p.m., and 5:00p.m.


Subway Car No. 100: Manufactured by American Car & Foundry, this R1-type car was the first car in the initial order of 300 placed in service for the opening of the IND subway.

Subway Car No. 484: Part of a 500-car order of R4 cars manufactured by American Car & Foundry. In 1946, this car received a retrofit of bulls-eye lighting and a public address system.

Subway Car No. 1575: Originally manufactured as an R7, this car was sent to the American Car & Foundry factory and rebuilt as prototype of the next generation R10 subway car.

The "Shoppers Special" train at Lexington Av/63 St. Photo Credit: Ron Yee
Photo Credit: Ron Yee