I took these last summer on a photography field trip to Grand Central Station. I never published them until now.
100 years ago on February 2, 1913, during the heyday of rail travel in the United States, the massive Grand Central Terminal Building opened in New York City. Built at the corner of East 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue to replace the Grand Central Station, the structure and rail lines were built over a ten-year period. At that time Grand Central Terminal was the world's largest terminal covering 49 acres with 33 miles of track.
By 1947, it is estimated that 65 million travellers a year passed through the Grand Central Terminal Building. However, by the latter part of the 20th Century, air and automobile travel had supplanted rail travel. The Grand Central Terminal was in disrepair and threatened for demolition. Fortunately, due to The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's efforts in the 1990s, Grand Central Terminal was restored and remained 100 years after it first opened.
The Metro-North Railroad operates 700 trains per day and it is estimated that about 700,000 people pass through Grand Central Terminal each day.
Between 1902 and 1967, the 20th Century Limited operated an express passenger along the railroad's "Water Level Route" between Grand Central Terminal and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago, Illinois.
A view of the west balcony in Grand Central Station in New York in this photo taken between 1913-1930.
The clock above the Grand Central Terminal Information Booth, with faces made of opal.
Fifty-nine stars shine as part of the backwards-painted zodiac set in gold leaf constellations that span the main concourse ceiling. My lens was not wide enough to fit the entire ceiling.