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The MTA Brings Vintage Buses and Subway Cars to Holiday Shoppers

Nostalgia Train Returns
Nostalgia Train Returns via MTA on Flickr

An annual tradition that adds a bit of vintage flair to Christmastime in the city, the MTA runs special vintage vehicles during December.

The subway cars used for the "Shoppers Special" nostalgia train were manufactured in the 1930s and stayed in service until 1977. They were modern designs that became the blueprint for the sleek subway cars we see today. If you're lucky enough to catch a ride from Second Ave. in Manhattan up the Sixth Avenue B/D/F/M line on Sundays in December, you'll have a chance to ride in a piece of history. The best starting point will be Second Ave. and Houston, where the MTA will have a transit museum pop-up shop. The vintage trains run from 10am to 5pm on December 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015, from Second Ave. in Manhattan to Queens Plaza.

For a vintage bus ride, you'll head to the M42 route, which is local crosstown service along 42nd Street. Buses will run weekday daytime service from November 30 to December 18, 2015, between 9am and 5pm, but will revert back to modern city buses in rainy, snowy, or icy conditions.

Visit the MTA for full schedules and more info and enjoy the vintage ride! Share your photos of the event: Mention @agreatbigcity on Twitter or Instagram.

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