The History of Grand Central Station


On a snowy january morning in nineteen o to a train operator entering midtown manhattan missed the stop signs. The train pummeled into a danbury express train on fifty sixth street the collision killed fifteen people on impact. At least forty more passengers were bruised and burned and two died within a week at the time it was the worst train accident in new york city. History there had to be a solution for the smoke from the train. Steam engines that fog the tracks. The new york central railroad's chief engineer william j. wilderness. Had a solution while the phrase lightbulb moment may not have been in the popular lexicon yet wilga said his inspiration came to him quote in a flash of light. It was the most daring idea that ever occurred to me. We'll just wanted to demolish the existing grand central depot and swap out all the stations steam powered trains for electric ones. Getting rid of the noxious fumes would help. Train operators see their path ahead. They could even run underground more tracks beneath the surface. Meant less need for bulky. Train sheds on street level. We'll just figured the leftovers space could house retail businesses and encourage private development. He envisioned the new station as a so-called gold mine and he was right today. Grand central terminal is a bustling masterpiece spanning forty eight acres and forty four platforms in the heart of manhattan. It's one of new york's biggest architectural gemstones and arguably one of the most majestic transportation hubs in the world but any building with so much money traffic and history as its fair share of

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