April 19, 2004

Nostalgia Train - The Bronx Express

POST #    952

The R15 at Grand Central

Corie waiting for the Nostalgia Train to start

The abandoned 18th St station

Bowling Green Station

At our destination - the R12

Van Cortland Park, not the Polo Grounds

Stars at Van Cortland station

Inside the R12

Trains make their way around a bend in The Bronx

Yesterday, I took a trip on one of the MTA's Nostalgia Train ride - The Bronx Express. Corie, her friend Jie, S. and I all boarded the train at Grand Central's Shuttle station Track #1, which is a remenant of the original Grand Central Station. From there, the train went south via the Lexington Line, which was also part of the original 1904 IRT line. When we reached the southern extent of Manhattan, the train switched over to the 7th Ave IRT line, which is "new" from South Ferry to Times Square - new being constructed in 1917 and 1918. The route from Times Square north to The Bronx dates to 1905.

In 1948, some stations were forced to close due to a lengthening of subway platforms to accommodate more cars and passengers. This rendered the City Hall stations, 18th St. (pictured above), and other stations, obsolete due to their proximity to other stations nearby and, in the case of City Hall, due to the curve of the station.

I had seen many of the subway cars when I visited the transit museum, but the best part of the whole thing was actually riding on the trains. We passed many people that gave the, "what the fuck is going on" look. A great time though.

- Corie on "Spring Sunday"

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 7:17 AM



I saw this train over the weekend while waiting for the downtown 1 at 110th Street. Thanks for posting this because I thought I had lost my mind watching this train pass.

It looks like a lot of fun. Does it run regularly?

Posted by: Susan at April 19, 2004 2:12 PM

hey susan, i guess you were one of those people with the "what the?" looks on their faces. supposedly, the next nostalgia train is going to run on memorial day.

just wondering, how did you find my site?

Posted by: tien at April 19, 2004 2:17 PM

They need to do a Brooklyn Nostalgia Train...or was that the last one that I missed?

Tien, I really like the porthole pix at Bowling Green. I also really want to know who all of those press people were taking pictures for...

Posted by: corie at April 19, 2004 2:24 PM

i have like a bajillion porthole shots at bowling green.

Posted by: tien at April 19, 2004 3:31 PM

Tien, I found your site through gothamist.
I'm really interested in taking one of these rides - how did you reserve it / find out about it?

Posted by: Nick at April 21, 2004 7:41 AM

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