Popularity of H Merchandise Continues Even as Rockaway Train Service Resumes


On May 30th, the A Subway and S Subway trains will roar back to the Rockaways for the first time in seven months but that will not mark the end of SR Subway collection merchandise, the sales of which have generated more than $18,700 in proceeds for the Graybeards, a not-for-profit organization working to rebuild the devastated area in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.


The SR Subway Line-themed products have been sold through the New York Transit Museum’s two physical locations and their online store since December 4, 2012.  T shirts, sweatshirts, pens, and magnets have proven to be tremendous draws for both the aid that their sales provide and their unique design.  They bear the distinctive white on blue SR Subway logo of the temporary shuttle train that operates on the peninsula, linking to bus service to Howard Beach. 


So far, nearly $19,000 has been donated on sales of nearly 1,000 items.  “This has been a tremendous response for collectibles named for a defunct subway line that most New Yorkers have never ridden,” said Paul Fleuranges, Senior Director of Corporate and Internal Communications, who explained that the first shuttle began operation in 1956 as the SR SubwaySR Subway but ran as the SR Subway from 1986 to 1994 when that designation was dropped in favor of the S Subway.


“The Graybeards are forever in debt to all the generous people who purchased a t-shirt or sweatshirt.  The funds raised have gone directly into the hands of those affected by Sandy.  While much has been done to rebuild, there is still a long road ahead. That said, we are committed to our community and will always be humbled by the acts of kindness and generosity we received.  Thank you all!” noted organization leaders.


To purchase from The Rockaways Relief Collection, click here.


To learn more about The Graybeards, visit http://www.Graybeards.com