Learning About The Rails We Ride

Learning About The Rails We Ride

When I moved to this sprawling metropolis I only had one major fear, mastering the New York City subway system. I am the type of person who gets turned around on a one-way street—throw in multiple subway routes and express vs. local trains and I knew I was bound for disaster. Surprisingly, it only took me about two months to fully feel comfortable riding the rails, and I’ve never looked back. Once I mastered what New Yorkers fondly refer to as simply “the train,” I needed to know everything about it. I was in luck because the history of the New York City subway system is immortalized at The New York Transit Museum.Located in Brooklyn Heights’ unused Court Street station, the museum is the best place to learn about the engineering involved in building the comprehensive system, as well as what the trains have looked like over the years—thanks to several subway cars on display. One can also learn about other modes of transportation used by commuters, including the bus system. The museum also operates a gallery annex in Grand Central Terminal with changing exhibitions. For more information on the museum, click here.

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