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Re: PC: Grand Central Terminal
- Subject: Re: PC: Grand Central Terminal
- From: "Chris Osterhus" <su_carbs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 05 Oct 1998 10:43:14 PDT
I also remember someone saying that "those who don't learn from history,
are destined to repeat it..."
Anyway, I think that the restoration of GCT is a good thing. Just
remember, they could have torn it down to build a parking lot, like the
old B&O station in Pittsburgh! The PRR and P&LE stations on the other
hand, have been restored to some of their former glory.
In the late 1970s, the P&LE station/shops complex near the South Side of
Pittsburgh was remodeled into a shopping center, restaurants, and office
suites in the old P&LE HQ. On the ground floor of the old shops, they
made some abandoned boxcars into coffee shops, and kept the place pretty
much as it was, right down to the vent windows in the roof. The little
yard, wasn't quite as lucky.
Right across the street is the P&LE's main building. Some of the old
steel-making machinery left has plaques describing it. CSX and CR
trains pass the station's platform every couple of hours. Even some old
passenger cars have been turned into antique stores (selling antique RR
Well, that's enough of that. I guess what I'm trying to say is, that
I'd rather see someone re-use an old building than tear it down. I can
remember when the PRR and P&LE were rotting hulks, shorn of their former
glory, and when they were rebuilt.
Central Penn Station
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