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...

On the Hunt for Grand Central’s Acorns 6

On the Hunt for Grand Central’s Acorns Trains History Photos

Sometimes I get questions from people about what I would do if I actually worked as a graphic designer for Metro-North. You know what I would do? I would hide acorns. Everywhere. (Hey, at least it beats some company stealing photographs from some website for an Employee “Professionalism” guide –...

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....