Dec 12, 2010

If you are in New York this month... might feel transported to the 1930s if you go to the M train platform any Sunday before December ends. 

The reason for that comes from the decision of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (M.T.A.) of taking out its vintage steel subway cars along the M line from Manhattan's Second Avenue stop to Queens Plaza. Charles Seton, M.T.A. spokesperson, says the historic eight-car trains, which were made by American Car and Foundry between 1932 and 1940, haven't been run since 1977. "It has wicker seats, ceiling fans, which won't be in use this time of year," says Seton. "And everybody seems to love 'em—the people who remember them and the people who have never seen them before." 

However, the subway trains are not the only vehicles that the M.T.A. is taking out this month. As we can read in their official web site, The Vintage Subway and Bus Fleet, they will also be running old-school diesel buses above ground on weekdays in all five boroughs this month. The buses were made by General Motors and Flexible Corporation in the '50s and '60s. As you can see in the pictures below, those old buses look great and are a nice treat to have these days. It's a different way to cruise the city, feeling oneself back in those years.

I don't know if something like this happens in different places as well (I know that sometimes Metro de Madrid and Cercan√≠as Renfe take out and show their old trains as an exposition but they don't take them into the regular lines) but it's something that most people would find enjoyable for some days, maybe on weekends and different days at times with less traffic. 
Have you heard of a similar initiative happening somewhere else?

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