New York City has a secret subway line with antique cars — here's what it's like to ride it



The New York City subway system is one of the most fascinating curiosities in a city full of mysteries. Miles of underground track shrouded in darkness, littered with abandoned stations and secret passageways — it's a common object of desire for the urban explorers among us.

And, occasionally, New York City acknowledges the delightful mystery surrounding its 24-hour transportation system. The annual "Shopper's Special" train line is a perfect example of this:

The train line, consisting of eight vintage New York subway cars from several different eras, runs for a few weekends each year — from the Sunday after Thanksgiving to the end of the year, only on Sundays.

So what'd we do this past weekend? We got on the train and took a ride!

The Shopper's Special train line runs every Sunday from 10AM to 4PM, starting at the Second Avenue stop in Manhattan and completing at the Queens Plaza stop in Queens. It runs along the F/M line, making a handful of stops on the way.

Rides cost the same $2.75 that all subway rides cost, and you can take the train as many times as you'd like. But hurry up and do it sooner than later, as this unique subway line only runs through December 18. Check out more info straight from the MTA right here.

And if you miss it, don't worry too much — the entire subway line is normally on display at the New York Transit Museum.


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