Ye olde, a wooden subway car, joins the ‘Hometown Heroes’ tape recorder parade in honor of transit workers
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A century-old wooden subway car will roll out of the New York Transit Museum to join the city’s “Hometown Heroes” ticker parade on Wednesday, July 7, carrying transit workers who bravely kept the city on the move through the days of the darker of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are really proud to be a part of the Hometown Heroes Parade, because through this really difficult chapter in New York history, once again our colleagues at Transit showed up for a really difficult chapter, as they did. did during September 11, as they did during Storm Sandy, ”said Concetta Bencivenga, director of the museum.
The 117-year-old train car, named number 1273, has been temporarily pulled out of its home at the Downtown Brooklyn Museum inside an old subway station and will travel up the Canyon of Heroes on top of a flatbed truck, according to Bencivenga.
Number 1273 is one of hundreds of motorized wooden trains that were introduced to the five boroughs at the turn of the 20th century by the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company.
It has served straphangers primarily on elevated lines over its six decades, including on the Astoria and Flushing lines in Queens, Third Avenue Elevated in Manhattan, and the Elevated Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn.
In their heyday, these vintage vehicles took riders to the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, Queens, and they became known for their soft rattan seats and old-fashioned light bulbs.
Manufactured by the Laconia Car Company in New Hampshire in 1273, it has a so-called “door car” design where passengers board through open-air vestibules at each end of the train.
Drivers had to manually open and close the metal entrance doors and ring a bell on the ceiling when everyone was on board to signal the driver to proceed.
The New York City Transit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority transported the old model out of the museum and to a marshalling yard in Brooklyn on Monday, where train workers were transferred from the rails to a flatbed truck on Tuesday.
The truck will transport the living piece of subway history to the Canyon of Heroes with transit workers on board for the festivities.
The last time a wooden-bodied subway car carried passengers to Manhattan was in 1955. A similar model was back on the rails in Manhattan as part of the Subway series in 2000, but without passengers. above.
On Wednesday, July 7, the wagon will once again honor the Big Apple in honor of transit workers as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s parade in honor of essential workers.