Has anybody else seen the shiny new trains running on the N line? They’re, like, the 2.0 version of the trains they introduced a couple years back on the 1/2/3 and 4/5/6 lines, with these supercool dynamic LED route readouts. I rode in one today for perhaps the second time. It has the familiar automated announcements and the wheels sing the pseudo-Somewhere triad of minor sevenths as it pulls out of the station. The new model is called the R-160, and because the internet was created for people who like to talk about obscure topics, it already has an entire page of fan-made expository video footage. Apparently the first tests began last summer; there will be 660 new R-160 cars on the N and Q lines by the end of this year.

New trains are cool.