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Trains

On the 20th Century
An all-star Broadway cast books one-night passage On the 20th Century, the 1978 Tony-award winning musical, to benefit the Actor's Fund. The lower-priced seats are sold out but you can still score some of the swankier seats here or by calling 212.221.7300 x133.

Model Train Shops
Red Caboose, 23 W. 45th [5th/6th] 212.575.0155
Manhattan Train & Hobby, 14 W. 45 [5th/6th] 212.840.8700
Stuyvesant Trains and Hobbies, 345 W. 14th [8th/9th] 212.254.5200

The Williamson Library
A large collection of railroad books, magazines, and memorabilia, the Williamson located in Grand Central, maintained by the NY Railroad Enthusiasts (see below), open by appointment.

The Sprague Library
Electric railway fans have the Sprague collection for research. Its photo collection has been transferred to 26 CDs, available for $30 each, here.

Grand Central Tour
The weekly tour of Grand Central, given by the Municipal Art Society, is one of our favorite walking tours. Given Wednesdays, 12:30pm, $10 suggested donation, meet at the info booth.

Websites
Existing Stations
Forgotten New York

Groups
Friends of the High Line
New York Railroad Enthusiasts

Old Penn Station/New Penn Station
Old: The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station by Lorraine B. Diehl.
New: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

NY Transit Museum
Through October, the NY Transit Museum shows New York Transportation on Film, a free exhibit through October, in Grand Central, in the shuttle passage.

Harmon Shop Open House
Kid (and adult) train enthusiasts should have a good time at the Harmon Shop Open House, which will offer an up-close look at locomotives and passenger equipment at the Metro-North Croton-Harmon station. Saturday, October 15th, 10am-3pm.

Le Train Bleu
Bloomie's vintage dining car in a photo by Noah Kalina.
Our server went into convulsions on Friday and sent out several errant, funky-looking emails. Sincere apologies.

On another matter. Some of you may remember the little incident last December when two people sent us some nasty email anonymously but neglected to cover their Yahoo tracks and, land o' Goshen, the senders were easily revealed to be Dannielle Romano, an editor of Daily Candy, and Allison Griffin from Conde Nast. On Friday, more of the same, different source. Hey, hate mail is apparently all part of the game, but can we make a suggestion? So we can all have a more better time on these Internets? Either have the courage of your convictions and sign the email or be a little craftier about hiding your identity. This time, a senior editor at Budget Travel magazine named Jason Cochran was our bilious—and yet dim-witted—correspondent, as we discovered after two minutes of Google gumshoeing.


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