The ERA is pleased to announce our 32nd annual guided tour of Grand Central Terminal on Saturday, April 5, 2014. This majestic terminal, officially dedicated on February 2, 1913 at the pinnacle of American long-distance rail travel, originally served as the crown jewel for New York Central Railroad. Today, it services Metro-North Railroad passengers and over 20 million visitors annually. After extensive renovations in recent years leading up to its recent 100th anniversary, Grand Central Terminal is better than ever.
Dan Brucker, Metro-North’s official Grand Central historian, will be our host to explain interesting features of the terminal, both old and new. In addition to the architectural and structural points to be visited, we hope to see various types of locomotives and car equipment. We will learn about upcoming plans for GCT, such the major ongoing East Side Access Project connecting it to the Long Island Rail Road.
There is always something going on at GCT, and you can have lunch before the tour (on your own) at one of the many restaurants in the lower level Dining Concourse or on the balconies. Covering 48 acres with 46 platforms and a plethora of corridors, concourses, rooms and secrets, the tour should prove to be a delight to all — seasoned railfans, history buffs and anyone who enjoys a good time.
Join us for a day of exploring one of New York’s architectural masterpieces. The tour will meet in the stationmaster’s office at 1:00 PM and will last until approximately 4:00 PM. The stationmaster’s office is located under the West Balcony on the main level, next to the NY Transit Museum store. In anticipation of the possible need for security clearance for all attendees, please make certain to have a photo ID.
For further information, please contact Robert Colorafi. This trip operates rain or shine. We hope to see you there.