Life & Leisure
May 10, 2013
Here's one of those announcements that you wish had a longer life. For anyone interested in the luxury train cars of the past, this is a not-tobe-missed event!

When you enter the trains, time slows down. Seats are upholstered, there's ample space between seats, dining cars are set with linen and historic Chinaware, sleeping cars include luxurious double beds in suites that echo men in tuxes and women dripping in diamonds and furs. For the most part, the cars are refurbished and maintained by individual families. Step into a car, and the owners can describe all the car's details and stories of barons and pirates. In one car, the owners had retained the wood-burning stove and old style "ice-box" meaning you keep the little box cold with ice. This exhibition of cars makes you wonder why, oh why, luxury trains have given way to the innocuous, sterile trains we travel in today.

Here's the announcement:
An extraordinary assembly of historic train cars spanning the heyday of luxury rail travel, as well as the latest in railroad technology, will be on display together for the first time in the free and family-friendly “Grand Centennial Parade of Trains” weekend. The historic train cars, including an observation car from the iconic 20th Century Limited – arguably the most famous train in the world – will be accompanied by a number of cars from the Metro-North fleet. The event also includes Grand Central’s first model train show and “Railroadiana” antiques and collectibles event.
Visual highlights include:
· A “Kid Junction” activity area with a modular train display from the animated train series “Chuggington” (as seen on the “Disney Junior” channel)
· Guinness World Record/Chuggington challenge for “World’s Tallest Railroad Track” (Saturday only, 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.)
· Demonstrations with a Master Builder from the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester (Saturday, 2:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.; Sunday 10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.)
· Creative activities led by New York Transit Museum and New York Botanical Garden staff
· Demonstrations by Metro-North, about the many functions that support a railroad
· Musical performances (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
· Metro-North’s robotic mascot, Metro Man, Talks Railway Safety (Saturday, 10:40 a.m. and 2:10 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:10 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.)
· Vintage IRT subway trains running on a track of the Times Square Shuttle all weekend long
· Special deals and promotions at Grand Central shops (Saturday and Sunday, while supplies last).
WHERE: Grand Central Terminal
Trains: Platforms at Tracks 34, 35, 36 and 37
“Kid Junction” and “Railroadiana”: Vanderbilt Hall, 89 E. 42 St., New York, NY

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