NYC Transit Museum Kicks Off a Summer of Nostalgia Rides

The cars may not have modern air conditioning. The buses may not have the best shocks. But the Transit Museum is taking them out for a spin once again, for fun and fund raising and everyone can go along for the ride.

For the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit (BMT) line, the Museum pulled one of its vintage cars from its collection and ran to downtown Brooklyn and back. The car, the so-called "D-Type Triplex" from the 1920s, has woven cane seats, vintage advertisements and all-steel construction that's much heavier than today's models. Some of these D-Types stayed in service through the 1970s, lasting well over 60 years.

Over the rest of the summer, the museum plans other rides including:

  • A trip to Coney Island on the R1/9 cars from the 1930s. Riders can visit Coney Island and maybe even swim before coming back on the same cars that carried so many New Yorkers to the ocean each summer.

  •  A trip to Orchard Beach in the Bronx and City Island on both WWI era IRT cars and a collection of vintage buses from the 1940s and 1950s. 

  • A "Vintage Bus Bash" on four different old buses from the 1940s and 1950s. 

  • A Trip to Woodlawn Cemetery on old IRT cars from WWI.   

For more information, see the Transit Museum's web page.