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Take a train ride to nostalgia

The August 2 ‘Multi-Anniversary Tour of the IRT’ is the final in the New York Transit Museum’s Summer Nostalgia Train Excursions.

Loads of fun and wildly popular, the Transit Museum Nostalgia Train excursions offer an unforgettable nostalgic trip into New York’s not to distant subway past. As passengers board the historic rail fleet for a non-stop trip between destination the magic of the Nostalgia Train unfolds.

According to Roxanne Robertson, the Museum’s director of Special Projects, “the onboard atmosphere is relaxed as the passengers transcend their roles of hurried commuters and enter the world of the Nostalgia wave to bemused people on the platforms as the train rolls by.”

Passengers also enjoy the bouncy wicker seating, ceiling fans and the non-stop ride beyond destinations. Another perk of the Nostalgia Train experience is the very friendly and knowledgeable subway enthusiasts, who can answer almost any question about the subway system.

The excursion commemorating the 100th anniversary of service to 242nd Street-Van Cortlandt Park will feature the Train of Many Colors.

On August 2, the post WW-II IRT SMEE cars will depart from Grand Central and proceed to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, then head north to Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx. Enjoy a day at the park or stay on the train for an express run to 103rd Street.

At 3 p.m. the train heads down to 96th Street and returns via the 2 line to Jackson Avenue, before returning to Grand Central, the destination of the final Nostalgia Train. 2008 is also the Centennial of IRT service into Brooklyn.

Reservations and advance payment required: $30 for each trip; children 3-17 are $10. For more, call 718-694-1600.

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