Gallery of NYC’s Historical Train Maps
Get inspired by the iconic design of NYC’s transit system maps — the very blueprints that have seamlessly moved residents and visitors through the heart of New York. These maps not only navigate the city but also reflect the times they represent. Their simple and straightforward visual style has made many of these archives timeless pieces in graphic and communication design.
Rapid Transit Lines of the New York City Transit System
The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) was the first subway system in New York City, founded in 1902 and still is an essential part of the city’s transit history.
Manhattan Railway, 1881
Interborough Rapid Transit Company, 1924
1939 BMT World’s Fair Special Route Map
The 1939 BMT World’s Fair Special Route Map was produced in connection with the 1939 New York World’s Fair, which took place in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. The map was designed to guide visitors traveling on the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit (BMT) system to the fairgrounds.