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On the F Line, 2017 MTA Holiday Nostalgia Trains

Updated 3 weeks ago David Stone
2014 brought a surprise when this vintage M Train arrived on the Sixth Avenue tracks at 14th Street.
2014 brought a surprise when this vintage M Train arrived on the Sixth Avenue tracks at 14th Street.
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The MTA released plans for this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Trains, an annual event that returns vintage cars to tracks from which they were evicted decades ago. Courtesy of the New York Transit Museum and the MTA, 2017 brings back reminders of the way we were, this year on the F tracks, celebrating the first anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway.

 

Starting this Sunday, November 26th and continuing on every remaining Sunday through Christmas Eve, passengers will board vintage cars that carried passengers in the decades between the Great Depression and the American Bicentennial. 

 Holiday Nostalgia Trains begin round trip journeys at the Second Avenue platform on the F Line.

Don’t expect special F Trains to rumble past Roosevelt Island, though. After 63rd and Lex, they make a switch to the Second Avenue Line they're designated to celebrate.

But local residents should still be able to join in the nostalgia, transferring from a regular F to the Holiday Nostalgia version southbound at 63rd Street or starting from scratch at either 2nd Avenue or 96th Street.

Giving you an idea of what to expect, the MTA explains, “Ceiling fans, padded seats and incandescent light bulbs were state-of-the-art when these cars were first placed in service.”

Expect rattan seats and drop sash windows.

On the F Line, 2017 MTA Holiday Nostalgia Trains
Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc Hermann.

Details: On every Sunday between now and Christmas, Holiday Nostalgia Trains depart 2nd Avenue at Houston Street at two hour intervals from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., traveling along the F Line until routing onto the new Second Avenue Line at 63rd and Lex and continuing to the terminal at 96th Street.

Return trips are scheduled to depart 96th Street exactly one hour later, i.e., every two hours from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Savvy subway riders will appreciate the leeway allowed for delays.

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