New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is conducting rides on the vintage trains and buses from the late 1930s to the early 1970s. The Holiday Nostalgia Train consists of subway cars decorated by ceiling fans, padded seats, and incandescent light bulbs. The design and amenities are considered modern and high-end in those times.
The Holiday Nostalgia Train will run every Sunday until New Year. Its first service was conducted this November 25. The next ones will be on December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. According to MTA's website, the Holiday Train's first trip will start on 10am at Second Avenue and will end at Queens Plaza on 4:45pm.
According to NY Daily News, the vintage buses will conduct rides along 42nd Street on weekends from 9am to 5pm. Officials said that experiencing riding this shows how 'far bus design has come'.
MTA opens vintage trains and buses this holidays for New Yorkers who want to experience something from the past. Passengers are even encouraged to ride the trains in costumes from the 1930s to 1970s apparels. Some of the passengers who have ridden the train in its first trip wore clothes that were used during that era.
Passengers who have already experienced the train ride expressed amusement and awe. One commuter stated at WCBS 880's Todd Glickman "This is amazing - history in motion," as reported by CBS.
A blog post of Travel and Leisure by Joshua Pramis described the vintage design of the train's interior and exterior. He also expressed amusement being able to ride through time. "What was it like to pay a mere ten cents to ride the train? How brutally hot were the cars during New York City's sweltering summer months? Without being plugged-in to electronics, did random commuters actually chat with each other?" Pramis stated.
If you want to experience the vintage feel like Pramis, take a ride in the weekend and check out the train's schedule here.