Holiday Nostalgia Rides are Back – and on the 1 Line

Train of Many Colors

Train of Many Colors in 2017, led by Redbird Car. c/o New York Transit Museum.

After a 2-year hiatus, the MTA has brought back its annual tradition of Holiday Nostalgia Rides on the New York Transit Museum’s vintage fleet.

In honor of the museum’s Reign of the Redbirds exhibit, the Train of Many Colors will be traveling along the 1 line from Chambers Street to West 137th Street, making it easy for Upper West Siders to relive the glory days (or experience them for the first time).


The Train of Many Colors includes a selection of cars manufactured in the 1960s: the R-33, R-33WF and R-36 cars. With “Tartar Red” and “Gunn Red” redbirds, Kale Green “Green Machines,” blue-and-silver “Platinum Mist,” and the striking two-tone robin’s egg blue and cream “Bluebird” paint schemes, the festive Holiday Nostalgia Train represents several different eras in New York City subway history.

Train of Many Colors Bluebird Train Car

The Bluebird Train Car, c/o New York Transit Museum.

The first Nostalgia Ride of the season took place on Sunday, November 27. Here are some photos taken by a straphanger who seems to have enjoyed the ride. And here’s a nice shot showing the cars of different colors.

The old train will be hitting the rails again on Sunday, December 4, 11 and 18 (from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). For more info and the full schedule, please visit

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