What Driving a NYC Subway Car Was Like in the 1940s


Ready for your daily dose of transit nostalgia? Take a gander at this short film by the New York Board of Transportation showing life on the New York City subway from the perspective of transit workers.

Filmed in 1949 and housed in the New York Transit Museum Archives, it’s chock full of little sights long gone from New York City’s subway, like five cent Coke vending machines, endless piles of subway tokens, wooden turnstiles, and windows that actually open. The film goes behind the scenes, focusing on the perspective of a subway conductor at work, just trying to get his train out on time.

Unfortunately, a lot of the equipment shown hasn't been updated since long before this video was shot.

[h/t: Gothamist]

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