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  1. William Hays says:

    A big job, at Mott Haven, was replentishing the dining cars. A big building, at the north end of the stub tracks, served as the commissary. In my day, in GCT, the services were moved from Mott Haven to the eastern-most lower level tracks in GCT. Few long-distance trains were on the card in the mid-’60s. It wasn’t quite the same.

    • John Carney says:

      As a student at Cardinal Hayes HS, I remember well the rr yard at Mott Haven, Now a resident of Westchester Co, I have traveled on the nearby rails thousand of times. So much has changed, so much!!!!!

    • During the late ’70s, when I was working for Amtrak’s On Board Services department out of its Chicago crew base, one of the nicest jobs I ever had was Assistant Dining Car Steward on trains 48 & 49, the Lake Shore Limited. We were assigned former Pennsy twin-unit diners (hence the need for an Assistant Steward) and we depended upon that GCT commissary to replenish our supplies for the return trip west. Tracks 1 through 10 were (essentially) the Terminal’s coach yard – and our consist was usually spotted on track 9 or 10. Fun times!

  2. William Hays says:

    Sorry. Meant to say “western-most lower level tracks” (under Vanderbilt Ave.). There was no upper-level deck above those two tracks.

    • John Teahan says:

      did you work with Johnny Allen and Bob McAvoy in the commissary in gct? do you remember Jay vogt from station masters office?

  3. Adam Ludwig says:

    Brilliant city and land planning, eliminate rail yards close or in the cities in favor of truck congestion and resultant fumes in the city. Your tax dollars at work helping private real estate developers get richer at the expense of the public. I believe the term is reverse socialism….

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