Grand Central Station Celebrating 100 years!
New York -- Grand Central Station Centennial !
In 1831 the New York and Harlem Railroad were the first rail line formed in New York City. A year later it began to service to a station at Fourth Ave and 23rd St. In 1836 the New York and Harlem Railroad State was built and serviced the entire blocked bounded by 4th and Madison Avenues and 26th and 27th Streets.
A Railroad is formed
- In the late 1830's the Hudson River Railroad was built precipitating the beginning of terminals, depots, freight houses, and passenger stations through the city.
- In 1858 steam locomotives had been progressively banned from crowded areas and were no longer in service below 42nd Street.
- In the 1860's Cornelius Vanderbilt purchased the Hudson River Railroad which then he created a link between Spuyten Duyvil and Mott Haven, allowing the Hudson River train to arrive at common east side terminal.
- 1870's The Grand Central Station Terminal was expanding. Vanderbilt purchased property between 42nd and 48th streets, Lexington and Madison Avenue for construction of a new train depot and rail yard which would contain the first Grand Central.
Grand Central Depot
The Terminal's Characteristics
In 1902 the era of the steam locomotive was coming to an end. A devastating train collision in the Park Avenue tunnel on January 8th, 1902 killed seventeen people and injured thirty-eight, causing a public outcry and increasing demand for electric trains. One week after the horrific crash New York Central and Hudson River Railroad starting to become proactive and announced to the public that they are moving forward with the plans to improve the Park Avenue tunnel and expand Grand Central.
Improvement, Development, and Growth of the Terminal
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