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Holiday Train Exhibit Opens at New York’s Grand Central

By Zachary Stieber
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 19, 2012 Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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The holiday train exhibit at Grand Central includes trains from the former New York Central company. In the background is a replica of Grand Central Terminal, which is nearly 100 years old. (Zachary Stieber/The Epoch Times)

The holiday train exhibit at Grand Central includes trains from the former New York Central company. In the background is a replica of Grand Central Terminal, which is nearly 100 years old. (Zachary Stieber/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—A holiday train exhibit that will appeal to children, transit buffs, and others opens Wednesday at Grand Central Terminal.

The exhibit will run through Feb. 10, coinciding with ongoing events celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the terminal, which opened on Feb. 1, 1913.

A holiday train exhibit opens Nov. 21 in Grand Central Terminal, and will run through February to coincide with the terminal's centennial on Feb. 1. Thomas Nuzzo (L), events manager for Lionel, discusses the exhibit with a worker. (Zachary Stieber/The Epoch Times)

A holiday train exhibit opens Nov. 21 in Grand Central Terminal, and will run through February to coincide with the terminal's centennial on Feb. 1. Thomas Nuzzo (L), events manager for Lionel, discusses the exhibit with a worker. (Zachary Stieber/The Epoch Times)

Featuring various trains, including the still-running Metro-North M7s and the now defunct elevated R30, which used to run from Coney Island to Jamaica Bay, the exhibit will draw a crowd, said William Finkel, director of business affairs for Lionel. The 112-year old company is putting on the exhibit in the New York Transit Museum’s annex at Grand Central Terminal. The museum sponsors the exhibit.

“Kids love it,” said Finkel. “You come back in a week, all you see is face prints all along the plexiglass.”

A replica of Grand Central Terminal has been moved to the forefront of the holiday train exhibit, which opens Wednesday, to emphasize the terminal as it turns 100 in February. The exhibit is free and located in the New York Transit museum's annex at Grand Central. (Zachary Stieber/The Epoch Times)

A replica of Grand Central Terminal has been moved to the forefront of the holiday train exhibit, which opens Wednesday, to emphasize the terminal as it turns 100 in February. The exhibit is free and located in the New York Transit museum's annex at Grand Central. (Zachary Stieber/The Epoch Times)

If you visit the free exhibit at the right time, train expert Thomas Nuzzo, events manager for Lionel, may be around to share the history of some of the trains. On Monday, Nuzzo explained several trains seen in the exhibit. For example, New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad merged into Penn Central and later became Amtrak.

Also, the company pays fine attention to detail. They sent staff to the Coney Island Rail Yard to restart an old R30 train that was there and recorded the sound. After they got the recording, they put the sound chip into the replica R30 train, now running in the exhibit.

“It’s completely on the money,” said Nuzzo.

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