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"A Train" Turns 75 Today

Monday, September 10, 2007

New York's celebrated 'A Train' turns 75 today and the MTA pulled out some vintage, pre-war cars to mark the subway's birthday. At the Inwood station at 207th Street, musicians such as saxophonist Henry Warner serenaded straphangers.

REPORTER: Warner says Duke Ellington made Billy Strayhorn's song 'Take the A Train' world famous and helped make the line a favorite tourist destination.

WARNER: The whole world knows the 'A Train' I think people come here from Europe, and the only thing they know is the 'A train' they don't even ride those other trains, they only want the 'A Train'.

REPORTER: The 'A Train' opened in 1932, and was considered an innovative line, with gentler curves, longer platforms, and higher speeds.

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