201 Station Plz N, Mineola, NY
Lets Catch the MTA "Vintage Special" a train consisting of eight cars from the 1930s through the 1970's and ride history to the Lower East Side for some exploring of key destinations including , Russ n Daughters , Economy Candy , Las Venus, Vintage Holiday finds and lunch at famous Katz's Deli
Meet at the Mineola LIRR Station by 9:15 AM and we will catch the 9:31 to Jamaica . we will be standing by the ticket machines ..... Or meet us at the overpass walk of Jamaica Station by the News Stand at 9:45 -10:05..... We will then take the E train to Queens Plaza
It is here we will catch the Nostalgia Train for its trip on the M line to 2nd Ave and the Lower East Side ...
Here ....there is much history to explore with planned visits to Economy Candy , Vintage and Top recommended stores with Lunch at Katz Deli
Bring Cash as CC's are not accepted at Katz's ...All subways including the Nostalgia train are just the cost of a $2.75 Metro card.. Dress appropriate for what could be a cold day....Gloves etc... Walking is limited to a 4 - 5 square block area.. there is No charge for joining us ..... :)
The cars, which were ordered for the Independent Subway System (IND), were the first subway cars to be identified by their contract numbers, hence the R1/9 designations. R1/9 cars, known as ““City-Cars,” have rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent light bulbs, and roll signs for passenger information. Their design of more doors that were also wider and faster, plus increased standing capacity to accommodate crowds, served as the model of modern subway cars, and their dimensions are identical to the latest R160 cars. They were retired from service in 1977.
VINTAGE FLEET HIGHLIGHTS:
Subway Car No. 100: Manufactured by American Car & Foundry, this R1-type car was the first car in the initial order of 300 placed in service for the opening of the IND subway.
Subway Car No. 484: Part of a 500-car order of R4 cars manufactured by American Car & Foundry. In 1946, this car received a retrofit of bulls-eye lighting and a public address system.
Subway Car No. 1575: Originally manufactured as an R7, this car was sent to the American Car & Foundry factory and rebuilt as prototype of the next generation R10 subway car.
Subway Car No. 6095: In 1925, the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) introduced a three-car articulated unit called the D-Type Triplex. The design meant passengers could walk from one car to another in the unit through an enclosed passageway. They carried more passengers and had fewer moving parts, making them efficient and easier to maintain.