Posts Tagged ‘gct’

New Ticket Vending Machine Center Opens In Grand Central Terminal

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

This morning I noticed that the long-under-construction new ticket vending machine center at Grand Central Terminal is now open for business. It was due to open in September 2013 so it’s a little early.

This new ticket vending machine center is just west of the staffed ticket windows. If you are facing the staffed ticket windows, turn right and walk under the arch.

Metro-North Railroad may purchase double decker commuter coaches

Monday, August 16th, 2010

NJT's Multilevel Railcars, which may or may not resemble what MNCR may or may not end up purchasing.

Many media outlets are reporting this morning that Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNCR) is seriously considering purchasing double decker rail cars for its Hudson and Harlem commuter lines, which terminate at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

One interesting aspect of this idea is that MNCR’s Park Avenue tunnel, which leads to Grand Central Terminal, has more restrictive clearances than even the Hudson (North) and East River tunnels used by NJ Transit and LIRR’s multilevel/bilevel cars.

While multilevel trains are typically taller than regular trains, officials in the region have found ways to deal with the narrow clearance of underwater and underground tunnels that provide access into Manhattan. At New Jersey Transit, the bilevel cars feature a sharply beveled roof, which curves at a roughly 45-degree angle to ensure the trains do not scrape against walls.

Metro-North engineers believe their trains would require an even steeper bevel to avoid the walls of the Park Avenue tunnel. And low-hanging wires and underground protrusions might have to be trimmed back.

Other problems/issues to be considered/resolved may or may not include gapping-out when crossing the switches at Grand Central Terminal, HEP ratings, and locomotive availability. However, as usual, some of these issues, as reported by the media, are either much more or much less complicated than they are making them out to be.

Read here what some railfans and railroad employees have to say about all this.

New York Transit Museum Grand Central Terminal Store Reopens

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Snazzy renovated Transit Museum Store at GCT

The New York Transit Museum store at Grand Central Terminal has reopened after its renovation. But the Gallery Annex is still closed (it is scheduled to reopen to the general public on or before March 18, 2010).

Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central gets makeover

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal is being completely renovated, and thus is now closed. In March it will reopen, with “a brand new exhibit and beautiful new store with enhanced lighting, uncluttered retail displays to accommodate expanding product lines and a new floor plan designed to increase customer flow.”

See below for hi-res images and a rendering of the space before and after the renovation.

Current store with no products

Current store with products

Rendering of renovated store

Source: New York Transit Museum
Photo Credit: New York Transit Museum