- Posted September 6, 2011 by
New York, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Cultural census: Get around
1920's SUBWAY TAKES YOU BACK IN TIME
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
As part of a promotional campaign for HBO's Boardwalk Empire New Yorkers have a chance to go back in time as passengers on a fully restored vintage 1920's subway train. The four car train runs on weekends from Times Square to 96th Street on the 2-3 line.
Even before the train got to the station at 42nd Street and Times Square, I knew this was the real deal. I could literally smell the oil burning as the cars tugged past me one by one. Modern subway trains no longer burn oil and I was immediately transported back in time, even before I boarded the beautifully restored last car on the train.
The train boasts ceiling fans, sliding casement windows, straw cane seats and wooden slats that in the past listed the train's destination. The only inauthentic note on the train is that these slats read 'Boardwalk Empire' instead of 'Flatbush Brooklyn'. The straw seats were surprisingly comfortable when compared to today's metal seats.
Seen from afar it seemed to me I could almost see the ghostly images of those who rode the train in times past. Look closely at some of my images and see if you don't agree.
The train will be running on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September on the 2-3 line between Times Square and 96th Street from noon to 6 pm.