Frame from "NYC Nostalgia Train" by Kevin Phalon '17 and Bernie Wagenblast '78
Two alumni from the College of Communication and the Arts, Kevin Phalon '17 and Bernie Wagenblast '78, had their creative video project recently featured by Trains Magazine, a specialty publication for railroad-related news. Produced by Phalon and voiced by Wagenblast, NYC Nostalgia Train takes you on ride through living history in a vintage, New York City subway car courtesy of the New York Transit Museum (NYTM).
During the holiday season, the NYTM offers commuters and tourists the chance to jump on board authentic and fully functional 1930s R1-9 subway cars – complete with vintage car seats, subway maps and restored advertisements. As Wagenblast narrates, the trains are "dusted off and fired up to head back into service, carrying thousands of commuters and tourists."
An ode to New York's transit history, NYC Nostalgia Train captures reminiscent emotions of conductors and passengers – you may even spot some enthusiasts traveling on the timeless historic trains dressed in 1930s styles. Featuring interviews with train conductors and MTA Supervisor Bill Wall, who oversees all historic equipment, the video embodies the nostalgia of New York's past in honor of the holiday season.
To view "NYC Nostalgia Train," please visit Trains' coverage titled "Trains Presents: New York City's Nostalgia Train" here »
Phalon, an alumn of the Visual and Sound Media program, is currently a full-time Videographer and Editor with NJTV News. In his free time, he is a Freelance Correspondent for Trains Magazine. Wagenblast, an alumn of the Communication program, is well known in the tri-state area as the voice of the New York City subway system and the AirTrain at JFK and Newark airports, among others. He was also recently honored as a Distinguished Alumni at the College's signature event, Reflections and Celebrations.