Additional Media & Resources
One of the things that becomes clear when researching the subway is that there is a huge community of dedicated transit buffs who have done amazing work to keep the history of NYC transit alive. One very impressive effort is a series of volumes by Philip Ashforth Coppola, titled "Silver Connections". Happily, the CU Libraries own a copy of this limited-edition work: http://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/314585. This idiosyncratic labor of love provides a fantastic wealth of detail on the architectural details of individual subway stations throughout the system. There is also an anecdote-rich history of the system provided, and many valuable references to subway-related materials.
These links offer some interesting film footage from ca. 1940s-1960s of IRT trains and the 125th St. IRT station. The second link features footage of the "Diamond Jubilee" nostalgia train.
A fascinating and very rich collection of resources for the NYC subway is maintained at
It includes many historical maps of the systems, as well as terrific images and a kaleidoscopic array of perspectives on the subway.