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Pennsylvania Station


The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), also known as the "Pennsy" was established in 1846 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By 1882 it had become the largest railroad, the largest transportation enterprise, and the largest corporation in the world. With 30,000 miles of track, it had longer mileage than any other country in the world, except Britain and France. Its budget was second only to the U.S. government. Its only formidable rival was the New York Central (NYC), which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.

Until the early 20th century, the PRR's rail network terminated on the western side of the Hudson River at Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. Manhattan-bound passengers boarded ferries to cross the Hudson River. The rival New York Central Railroad's line ran down Manhattan from the north under Park Avenue and terminated at Grand Central Depot (later Grand Central Station, now Terminal) at 42nd Street.

The development of the electric locomotive made tunnels feasible and on November 27, 1910, Penn Station was fully opened to the public.

Penn Station head house that was demolished in 1963. The demolition was controversial and caused outrage internationally and became a catalyst for the architectural preservation movement in the United States. Within the decade, the Grand Central Terminal was protected under the NYC's new landmarks preservation act.

The current 1968's Penn Station is completely underground and sits below Madison Square Garden, 33rd Street, and Two Penn Plaza.
Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY
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Pennsylvania Tunnel excavation /

This film employs a 180-degree pan shot of the excavation site of New York's Pennsylvania Station, and includes shots of the narrow-gauge train used to haul debris from the tunnels under construction. Work bega... more

Penn. R.R. Station when Sunday arrived

Photograph shows crowd gathered around exit at Pennsylvania Station in New York City awaiting the arrival of Billy Sunday. (Source: similar image: LC-USZ62-84387)

Penn. R.R. Station when Sunday arrived

Crowd gathered around exit at Pennsylvania Station in New York City awaiting the arrival of Billy Sunday.

The trains that come, and the trains that go

Pennsylvania Railroad Station, Philadelphia, Pa.

[Down to the trains, Pennsylvania Station, New York]

Prints shows passengers descending the stairs from the steel-and-glass concourse to the platform of Pennsylvania Station.

The hall of iron, Pennsylvania Station, New York

Prints shows passengers in the steel-and-glass concourse of Pennsylvania Station.

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