|I love this picture so much. There is no ad attached, that is the entire panel!|
After reading a great post by Joanna over at Dividing Vintage Moments about her fun on the Nostalgia Train in New York City (go have a look at the lovely outfit she wore!), I was reminded that I’ve never ridden it myself. Every Sunday in December the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) breaks out vintage trains that used to be in service in the NYC subway and runs them on the M line from 2nd Avenue out to Queens Plaza and back again. My son is a big fan of this program so he and my husband and daughter have gone out for it many times but I had not joined them until this year!
|If you ever see this train pull into the station in Manhattan, get on it!|
I have spent so much time at the New York Transit Museum here in Brooklyn that I have been on these trains before, many, many, (many) times, just not been on them when they are moving. What a time capsule they are! They are old and you feel the cold air blowing in through the windows and sometimes there is the smell of oil or of faint smoke, but in a way these old standbys seem safer than the newer trains and because there are two MTA employees posted in each car, everyone is quite polite and you never see people throwing trash or acting rude like you might during a regular subway ride. Woo-hoo!
My favorite part of this experience was watching the expressions of people on the platform when they saw one of these trains arriving in the station. Plenty of riders would not get on the train, even when a conductor stepped off to yell what the next stop would be and it was a train going their way. Hilarious!
|A train from the 1920s, featuring wicker seats!|
I’ve heard the Nostalgia Train is a big To-Do now on opening weekend, with people dressing up in vintage clothes and bands playing on the platform. Because we went so late in the season, I only saw one lovely lady dressed in vintage and accompanied by her children. She was in the 1920s car and kindly let me take her picture. She was wearing her mother’s fur coat and grandmother’s fur hat. Both were divine!
|A beautiful lady and her children, dressed up for the occasion!|
|A great ad on the 1920s train.|
|Doors closing on a Blue Bird train from the late 1940s.|
|Inside the Blue Bird.|
One thing I have always loved about the old trains is seeing the vintage ads and they have them from the era the train was in service. The cars they used the day we rode were from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1950s and the ads reflect their time. Whenever I get to see these ads I am reminded of the power of illustration (and the wonderful talent of illustrators) and in many cases I find the illustrations better and a lot more charming than a photograph could ever be.
|Such a glamorous picture for such inexpensive wines!|
|I really like this ad for Lipton Tea...|
|...and this one for Chuckles. I love these old illustrations!|
|Is it just me or does this lady look like Babe Paley? This ad was on the train from the 1930s.|
|Until next December, vintage train!|
If you’ve ever been on the Nostalgia Train in Manhattan let me know what you thought of it. And if you ever see it pulling into the station, do yourself a favor and hop on board!