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An annual Nostalgic tradition for the MLB playoffs

by Benjamin Kabak

The Nostalgia Train will ferry straphangers from Grand Central to Yankee Stadium tonight. (Photo via MTA)

As the Yankees gear up to take on the Orioles in the Bronx tonight for Game 3 of the American League Division Series, the MTA is rolling out its annual Nostalgia Train rides up to Yankee Stadium. A four-car special will depart Grand Central on the IRT express tracks and provide non-stop service up to 161st St.-Yankee Stadium. Tonight and tomorrow, the trains leave at 6:30 p.m., and on Friday, if the game is necessary, the ride departs from 42nd St. at 4 p.m.

“Taking mass transit to the game is the smart way to travel but the “Nostalgia Special” makes the ride smart and special,” Carmen Bianco, Senior Vice President of Subways for NYC Transit, said. “Yankee fans rode these cars to see Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and they are in operation once again for Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.”

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Stu Sutcliffe October 10, 2012 - 4:41 pm

This is the only way that Alex Rodriguez should be mentioned in the same sentence as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

alek October 10, 2012 - 4:46 pm

What about a special nostalgic train to the Citi Field next summer?! I wanted to ride a vintage 7 train!

The Mets need to improve the team and get to the playoffs and I do like when the Mets playing at home field because it means EXTRA 7 train service and I don’t like baseball at all.

Lazy Boi October 10, 2012 - 7:03 pm

The trains currently running on the Flushing Line are pushing 30 years old. They ARE vintage!

mike d. October 10, 2012 - 7:29 pm

They are vintage POS yet they breakdown every often, can not wait for the new cars in 2 years.

al October 11, 2012 - 2:26 pm

They should last till they’re 50. We’ll have them past 2030 and maybe 2040. Stainless steel construction, better maintenance, and the MTA’s penchant for overbuilt rolling stock will ensure long vehicle life.

mike d. October 10, 2012 - 7:28 pm

Do you know what ‘METS’ stands for…


Someone October 10, 2012 - 8:13 pm

No, it stands for

al October 11, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Not everyone is bad. Check out Ruben Tejada. Not All Star, but above replacement (1.9 WAR) at 22 yrs old. Ike has bounced back from a slow start and Valley Fever to have a good year. Dickey headlines the rotation that has Niese and Gee coming back. Harvey looks like a up and coming pitcher, with Familia and Wheeler in the offings.

Spiderpig October 10, 2012 - 8:10 pm

Just because it is nonstop doesn’t mean it is any faster, unless they are pushing the other express trains out of the way.

Someone October 10, 2012 - 8:14 pm

What rolling stock is that? R12?

mike d. October 10, 2012 - 9:00 pm Reply
Someone October 11, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Oh. Because R12 is the oldest rolling stock I know…

Someone October 11, 2012 - 9:47 pm

…from the IRT

stevesliva October 10, 2012 - 10:00 pm

Oh, you New Yorkers– casually calling the playoffs “annual” without even thinking about it.

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