42nd Street and Park Avenue
Description: An extraordinary assembly of historic train cars spanning the heyday of luxury rail travel, as well as the latest in railroad technology, will be on display together for the first time in the free and family-friendly "Grand Centennial Parade of Trains" weekend.
The historic train cars, including an observation car from the iconic 20th Century Limited, arguably the most famous train in the world, will be accompanied by a number of cars from the Metro-North fleet. The event also includes Grand Central's first model train show and "Railroadiana" antiques and collectibles event. Visual highlights include:
- A "Kid Junction" activity area with a modular train display from the animated train series "Chuggington" (as seen on the "Disney Junior" channel)
- Guinness World Record/Chuggington challenge for "World's Tallest Railroad Track" (Saturday only, 12:30-1:15pm)
- Demonstrations with a Master Builder from the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester (Saturday, 2:35-3:55pm; Sunday 10:40-11:10am and 1:20-1:50pm)
- Creative activities led by New York Transit Museum and New York Botanical Garden staff
- Demonstrations by Metro-North, about the many functions that support a railroad
- Musical performances (Saturday and Sunday, 10am and 3:30pm)
- Metro-North's robotic mascot, Metro Man, Talks Railway Safety (Saturday, 10:40am and 2:10pm; and Sunday, 12:10pm and 2:40pm)
- Vintage IRT subway trains running on a track of the Times Square Shuttle all weekend long
- Special deals and promotions at Grand Central shops (Saturday and Sunday, while supplies last)
Venue Description: Grand Central Terminal is one of New York's most famous landmarks. Filled with rushing daily commuters and awestruck New York visitors, it is perpetually buzzing with activity. It is a hub for many forms of public transportation, including the MTA Metro-North Railroad and the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S lines of the subway. But with 87 shops and various dining locations, Grand Central is much more than a place to catch a train.
Many visitors to New York stop by Grand Central solely to see the most widely recognizable train terminal room in the world. The four-faced brass clock, a famous rendezvous spot, stands atop the Main Concourse?s circular Information Booth. The most notable feature of the Main Concourse is the great astronomical mural on the ceiling, painted in gold leaf on cerulean blue oil. Arching over the 80,000-square-foot Main Concourse, it portrays the Mediterranean sky with October-to-March zodiac and 2,500 stars. Both sets of marble steps on the east and west sides of the building are modeled after the grand staircase of the Paris Opera House. The Whispering Gallery is located at the end of both Oyster Bar ramps and offers a phonic treat: One who whispers a secret into one of its corners can be distinctly heard diagonally across the gallery on the other side.
Grand Central Terminal opens at 5:30am and closes at 2am daily. For more information: 212-340-2583 or grandcentralterminal.com.
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