With Penn Station commuters in for a “summer of hell” and L train riders bracing for the L-pocalypse, it sure would be nice to travel back to a more civilized time, when our transit system was a gleaming marvel of modern technology. Oh, wait, subway trains didn’t have AC in the 1910s? Ok, never mind.
Still, ceiling fans would be kind of nice for an afternoon, and this weekend the New York City Transit Museum will once again dust off its vintage trains for Nostalgia Rides to Brighton Beach. On Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, passengers at the B/Q platform of the Brighton Beach station can swipe a MetroCard to hop on an array of old cars, including BRT/BMT “Standards” (which ran from the 1910s to the 1960s, and were the first model where all the doors could open at once), BMT D-Type Triplex (built in the late 1920s), wood-and-steel BU elevated cars (the oldest ones in the fleet, dating back to 1903), and IND R1/9s (in service from the 1930 to 1970s). They’ll be making round trips to Ocean Parkway and Kings Highway.
If you’re up for a longer ride, a “train of many metals” (that’s “foamer,” or train nerd, speak for a variety of cars hitched together) will be traversing the Q line to Coney Island on July 30. The two-hour ride will give you plenty of time to take in the smell of those old rattan seats, but tickets will cost you $50.