Here’s What It’s Like To Ride In A Vintage New York City Subway Train

October 27, 2014 | Prachi Gupta

On Monday, New York City’s subway system turned 110 years old and celebrated by releasing two vintage subway trains on Manhattan’s high-volume 1, 2, and 3 lines between Times Square and 96th Street.

A description of the Nostalgia Trains, via the MTA’s site:

One train will consist of four Low-Voltage subway cars that were in service until the late 1960s. Those cars feature rattan seats, ceiling fans and drop-sash windows. The other train, known as the “Train of Many Colors,” is made up of R33 and R36-type subway cars that were in service between the 1960s and 2001.


If you missed the chance to experience history first-hand, ANIMAL rode in subway car #5483 and shot video and stills. This model was built in 1924, and ran on the tracks until 1969. You can also get a close-up of the relics in person, at the New York Transit Museum.

(Photo/Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)