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MTA to operate vintage subway cars each wekend in September 2011

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This may be of interest to locals and visitors alike.

Broadway Empire is a TV series shown on HBO. It is set in Atlantic City, NJ in the Prohibition era. To celebrate the start of the 2nd season of the show, the producers are sponsoring (paying the MTA) for the operation of 4 vintage subway cars.

The 4 car train will operate on Saturdays and Sundays in September on the 2 and 3 line (7th Avenue Line) between 96th St / Broadway and Times Square-42nd St during the hours of 12 Noon and 6 PM. These cars will be operated in regular passenger service as they did from 1917 into the 1960s. Other than the regular subway fare there will be no additional cost to ride these cars.

The 4 cars expected to be used: 5290 and 5292 built in 1917, 5443 and 5483 built in 1922.

From the Gothamist:

http://gothamist.com/2011/09/01/boardwalk_empire_is_bringing_back_o.php#photo-2

"Boardwalk Empire returns to the airwaves on September 25th, and they're ringing in season 2 with an ad buy. But it's an interesting one! They'll be bringing back vintage trains to the subway tracks. We're told:

Starting on Saturday, September 3rd an authentic vintage 1920’s train will run on the express 2/3 track in Manhattan throughout September (specifically, from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays). Originally operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) system, the train began service back in 1917 and will once again be operational. Customers who have the opportunity to ride the vintage train will be transported back in time to the Prohibition era with authentic details such as rattan seats, ceiling fans and drop sash windows, as well as a custom branded interior featuring Boardwalk Empire-inspired period artwork.

This will be around for four weekends, running through the 25th of September, and will be making stops at 96th, 72nd, and Times Square-42nd street stations only. Bonus: the final weekend some HBO folks will be on the streets to distribute complimentary MetroCards in the vicinity of the Times Square-42nd and 72nd street stations. No word on if there will be air conditioning on the trains, so you might want to leave your wool Oxford Bags at home."

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