The Mansions that the Railroad Built, Part 2: Hyde Park 5

The Mansions that the Railroad Built, Part 2: Hyde Park History Photos

Quite a while ago I shared with you the story of Newport’s Marble House, one of the many mansions constructed by the Vanderbilt family with their wealth earned from the railroads. Today we’re going a little bit closer to home, and checking out the mansion of Frederick Vanderbilt in Hyde...

A Recap of Events: Grand Central’s Centennial 4

A Recap of Events: Grand Central’s Centennial Events Museums History Photos

Last Friday the MTA held a celebration for Grand Central’s Centennial, which expectedly turned out to be a widely attended day-long event. One of the main events was a rededication ceremony for the Terminal, held that morning. There were a wide array of speakers at the ceremony, including Mayor Bloomberg,...

Welcome to the Hudson Line 4

Welcome to the Hudson Line Trains History

As riders of Metro-North, we are quite familiar with the Hudson River. It serves as an important dividing line of the system – west-of-Hudson service, operated by New Jersey Transit, and the more familiar east-of-Hudson service which is comprised of the Harlem, New Haven and Hudson Lines. For those that...

The Mansions that the Railroad Built, Part 1: Marble House 5

The Mansions that the Railroad Built, Part 1: Marble House History Photos

When it comes to historical figures related to the subject of railroads, I don’t think you could find a more interesting person to read about than Cornelius Vanderbilt. The Commodore, as he was known, was brusque, at times ruthless, and didn’t really give a damn what anybody thought of him....

Another side of Grand Central, views during Summer Streets 1

Another side of Grand Central, views during Summer Streets Trains Events Photos

In two short years our lovely Grand Central Terminal will be celebrating her centennial. In the years that we’ve known her, she has relatively few undiscovered secrets – countless books, documentaries, and articles have told her stories to anyone curious enough. Sure, media outlets always present these as grand, never-before-heard...