Grand Central Terminal At 100: Terminal Prepares For "Parade Of Trains" From Golden Age
Grand Central Terminal will display historic train cars this weekend as part of the terminal's centennial celebration. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
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They're rolling out the red carpet at Grand Central.
As part of the terminal's 100th birthday celebration, railroad cars from the golden age of train travel are making a stop this weekend at the terminal's "Parade of Trains."
"The Grand Central Terminal Centennial is the story of Grand Central, and one of the things that is important in that story is the chapter on the famous trains that served the terminal," said Randall Fleischer, vice president of Grand Central Terminal.
More than 20 restored railroad cars from around the country, including some close to a century old, will be displayed on tracks 34 to 37 as part of the free "Parade of Trains," which also features activities for kids and railroad fans in Vanderbilt Hall.
Among the highlights will include the glamorous Hickory Creek. Former Allied Commander and future President Dwight Eisenhower christened it in 1948 as a sleeper car for the New York Central Railroad's 20th Century Limited.
"This car was restored a decade of so ago" said historian Karl Zimmerman. "It was an absolute derelict mess. I mean, windows broken out, rusted. You wouldn't believe it."
Most of the train cars are privately owned and equipped with luxuries that riders on commuter trains and subways can only dream of.
Visitors to this weekend's event will be able to tour these historic cars, giving them a little taste of what it was like in the glory days of rail travel.
While many of the trains traveled in and out of Grand Central, others, like Norm Orfall's Tioga Pass, are making their first stop here.
"In 1959, they built 12 of these cars, and they're best described as the corporate jet of 1950," Orfall said.
The parade of trains at Grand Central runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.