Transit Walk- Deep Dive: Redbird Ramble

This event is no longer on sale.

Saturday April 11

12:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the R26 subway cars, the first of the cars that came to be referred to as “Redbirds”. If you rode the subway between 1960 and 2003, chances are it was on a Redbird—they were on every numbered line and several lettered lines. Join transit historian and CUNY professor Andrew Sparberg on a walking tour where you will trace routes in Manhattan and The Bronx that the Redbirds served daily during their long history of transporting passengers. Traveling from 96th Street and Broadway in Manhattan up to Dyre Avenue in the Bronx on the 5 line, you will make stops at significant stations and learn interesting facts about the various Contracts that constructed the routes on which the mighty Redbird roared for over 40 years.

While anyone is welcome to join, this tour provides a deep dive for those who have some background information and knowledge about New York City Transit.


Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for the general public. 


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Walking and climbing stairs required. Please dress for the weather as this tour will take place both indoors and outdoors.

Photography and video recording are permitted. However, tripods, stands, selfie sticks, and external lights may not be used. All photographs taken are for personal use only and permission to photograph may be revoked at any time.

For information on American Sign Language interpreters, Assisted Listening Devices, or other accessibility matters please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call 718-694-1867. 

All ticket sales are final. Should you be unable to attend the tour on the date you reserved, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Museum is not able to reschedule reservations to another tour date.

Please note: To receive the member ticket price of $25 in your check-out basket, existing members must sign in above to verify membership.