New York Transit Museum
The New York Transit Museum is a museum which displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway and bus systems; it is located in the unused Court Street subway station in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of New York City. There is a smaller satellite annex in Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan.

The station

Court Street station was built as a terminus for local trains of the IND Fulton Street Line and opened on April 9, 1936, along with a long section of the Fulton Street Line and the Rutgers Street Tunnel. The station has a center island platform with one track on each side. The station demonstrated the IND service theory that specified that local trains should operate within individual boroughs where possible and provide transfers to express trains, which would be through-routed between the boroughs. Court Street was to be the northern terminal of the HH Fulton Street Local, which would run south to Euclid Avenue. Additionally, one of the plans for the Second Avenue Subway would have included a southern extension to Brooklyn, tying into the stub at Court Street, which may still be implemented in the future following completion of the Second Avenue line in Manhattan. The HH through service was never inaugurated; the only trains to the station were part of the Court Street Shuttle, taking passengers from Court Street to the transfer station at Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets. Due to the proximity of other stations in the Downtown Brooklyn area, as well as the need to transfer to reach it, Court Street never saw much service and was abandoned on June 1, 1946. However, it is still a functioning subway station; trains are moved into and out of the exhibits using the old shuttle line and the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station's outer two tracks. Around 1960, the station began to be used as a set for movies, most notably the 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three , and the entrance at Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street was reopened for shoots. More recently, the museum appeared in the Life on Mars episode "The Simple Secret of the Note In Us All", where a newspaper columnist is found murdered on a subway car.


The Museum
On July 4, 1976, the New York City Transit Exhibit opened in the unused station as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration, with one subway token for admittance. Old cars which had been preserved, as well as models and other exhibits were displayed. Plans were to close it after the celebration, but it proved to be so popular that it remained open and eventually became a permanent museum. The Transit Museum entrance is located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street. The Museum includes subway memorabilia and other exhibits including heritage signage, models and dioramas of subway, bus and other equipment, and lectures and seminars. At the subway station level, two tracks contain many examples of New York City Subway equipment. The south track is used to display IND and BMT equipment and the north track is for IRT subway cars and BMT El cars (which are roughly the same size). To eliminate the gap between the IRT/El cars, wooden platform extenders have been installed. Some of the museum fleet is operable, and is used in subway excursions run by the Museum and other parties (notably by NYCT Division C as a fundraiser benefiting The March of Dimes) on various parts of the system. Tickets for the Museum excursions (called "Nostalgia Trains") are sold in advance while tickets for the March of Dimes excursions are sold on the day of the excursion. Since mid 2005 the March of Dimes excursions were suspended although no official reason has been given. There are examples of most of the kinds of subway equipment ever used on the New York City Subway, including the predecessor BMT and IRT private companies. Notably absent are the three BMT experimental trains, the MS Multi-section cars and the Bluebird Compartment Cars, which were scrapped before the Transit Authority began saving historic equipment. There are also several examples of elevated cars, including the BU cars, elevated gate cars that can be ridden on prearranged excursions. There are also some Museum cars that are kept in the Coney Island Complex that are either awaiting refurbishment, undergoing refurbishment or just not currently being displayed. These cars can be viewed from passing F trains on the IND Culver Line between Avenue X and Neptune Avenue, and from N trains on the BMT Sea Beach Line between 86th Street and Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue. The Museum also has a sizable retired bus fleet. However, there is no area set aside for their permanent exhibition. They are stored in Bus depots around the city and brought out for special events, such as the Museum's annual "Bus Festival," which is held annually in conjunction with the Atlantic Antic street fair.

Museum expansion
In the mid-1990s the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) assumed control of the Transit Museum from the New York City Transit Authority. In doing so, the scope of the museum was expanded to include other aspects of transportation services within the MTA including commuter rail ( Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road) and bridges ( Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority). Although the Museum itself houses only subway cars and related rail equipment, rotating exhibits on the mezzanine level highlight commuter railroad and bridge/tunnel operations and their history. The New York Transit Museum annex at Grand Central Terminal opened on September 14, 1993 in the terminal's main concourse. It houses a gift shop as well as a space for exhibitions. The main Brooklyn location also has a gift shop, which is accessible outside of the museum's paid area.

Current exhibits

Cars on display
Track A1:
  • R1 100
  • R4 484
  • R7A 1575
  • BMT Standard 2204
  • BMT Triplex 6095A-B-C
  • R11 8013
  • R16 6387
  • R30 8506
Track A2:
  • IRT R17 6609
  • IRT R15 6239
  • IRT R12 5760
  • IRT R33 WF 9306
  • R95 Revenue Collection Cars OR714 and IR714
  • BRT BU 1273, 1404, 1407
  • BMT Q-Type 1612C
  • IRT Low-V 4902
  • SBK Steeplecab 5
  • Diesel Locomotive 10


Museum Cars not on permanent display
  • R10 3184
  • R32 3352-3353 (Rebuilt as Phase II)
  • R36 9542-9543
  • R38 4028-4029
  • R40 4280-4281
  • R40A 4480-4481
  • R42 4572-4573


Station platform with museum exhibits Station statistics Address Schermerhorn Street & Boerum Place Brooklyn, NY 11201 Borough Brooklyn Locale Downtown Brooklyn Coordinates 40°41′25″N 73°59′24″W  /  40.6904°N 73.99°W  / 40.6904; -73.99 Coordinates: 40°41′25″N 73°59′24″W  /  40.6904°N 73.99°W  / 40.6904; -73.99 Line IND Fulton Street Line Services None (currently occupied by museum) Structure Underground Platforms 1 island platform Tracks 2 Other information Opened April 9, 1936 Closed June 1, 1946 Accessible (station was not accessible when it was in service) Station succession Next north (Terminal) Next south Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets