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ICYMI: Holiday Nostalgia Rides are back! Take a ride back in time on the New York Transit Museum’s Train of Many Colors

Updated November 22, 2022 12:15 p.m.

Sunday, November 27, December 4th, 11th, and 18th from 10am to 5:30pm

Making local stops between Chambers St and 137th Street on the  line

After a 2-year hiatus, MTA New York City Transit continues its annual tradition of Holiday Nostalgia Rides on the New York Transit Museum’s vintage fleet. In honor of the exhibit Reign of the Redbirds, the Holiday Nostalgia Train will feature the Train of Many Colors and travel along a new route this year! 

On Sunday, November 27th, December 4th, 11th and 18th, the New York Transit Museum’s beloved Train of Many Colors will operate along the 1 line, making all local stops between the Chambers St and 137th St – City College St stations, from 10am to 5:30pm. 

The Train of Many Colors includes a selection of cars manufactured in the 1960s: the R-33, R-33WF and R-36 cars. With “Tartar Red” and “Gunn Red” redbirds, Kale Green "Green Machines", blue-and-silver "Platinum Mist" and the striking two-tone robin's egg blue and cream “Bluebird” paint schemes, the festive Holiday Nostalgia Train represents several different eras in New York City subway history. 

Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe or OMNY tap. Hop aboard and celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays!  

Route & Schedule 

The Holiday Nostalgia Train departs Chambers Street Station on the  line at:

  • 10am
  • 12pm
  • 2pm
  • 4pm

The Holiday Nostalgia Train departs 137th Street Station on the  line at:

  • 11am
  • 1pm
  • 3pm
  • 5pm

The Holiday Nostalgia Train will make stops at:

  • Chambers St
  • Franklin St
  • Canal St
  • Houston St
  • Christopher St-Sheridan Sq
  • 14 St
  • 18 St
  • 23 St
  • 28 St
  • 34 St-Penn Station
  • Times Sq-42 St
  • 50 St
  • 59 St-Columbus Circle
  • 66 St-Lincoln Center
  • 72 St
  • 79 St
  • 86 St
  • 96 St
  • 103 St
  • Cathedral Pkwy (110 St)
  • 116 St-Columbia University
  • 125 St (For uptown trains - last opportunity to return downtown or transfer)
  • 137 St-City College (No in system transfer at this station) 

All passengers must deboard the train at 137th Street and Chambers Street Stations before the next trip. There is no in system uptown/downtown transfer at 137th Street Station. To return downtown, the best transfer point is at 125th Street Station. To view available transfers and ADA accessible stations on the  line, please visit the MTA's website

For more information on Holiday Nostalgia Rides, visit nytransitmuseum.org/nostalgiarides

Continue celebrating the festive season in subway-style with holiday shopping at the New York Transit Museum Store! With a vast selection of transit apparel, New York City memorabilia, toys, jewelry and more, the New York Transit Museum Store has something for everyone on your list. Holiday favorites this season include NYC subway ornaments, authentic token jewelry, cozy subway socks, and wooden train sets. 

Proceeds from store purchases benefit the Museum’s exhibitions and education programs, keeping Holiday Nostalgia Rides free and available to the public every year. Start shopping at nytransitmuseumstore.com or visit the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn, our Grand Central Gallery, or the NY Transit Museum Shop at 2 Broadway in lower Manhattan. 

Can’t make it to this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Rides? You can catch all the trains you missed at the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn, where more than 20 different train cars are housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station! Plan your visit at nytransitmuseum.org. 

Holiday Nostalgia Rides are weather permitting and vintage equipment is subject to change. 


The New York Transit Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. Since its inception over forty years ago, the Museum – which is housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Downtown Brooklyn – has grown in scope and popularity. For nearly 25 years, the Transit Museum has also operated a Gallery & Store in Grand Central Terminal. To learn more, visit nytransitmuseum.org

More Info:  nytransitmuseum.org/nostalgiarides

Media Contact:  press@nytransitmuseum.org