Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Holiday Train Show at Grand Central

A train runs past a replica of Grand Central Terminal and other buildings.

If you like trains, you'll probably enjoy checking out the Holiday Train Show at the Transit Museum Store inside Grand Central Terminal. There's a lot to see. The miniature tracks run on three levels; there are subway cars, commuter trains, & freight trains that rumble past skyscrapers and into mountain tunnels. The trains stop at stations with tiny people waiting on platforms.

If you're not into trains, you might still admire the exhibit, which includes a small replica of Grand Central Terminal and the Empire State Building. The city streets have cars and buses and pedestrians on the sidewalks. If you crouch down and look through the plexiglas, you'll see underground subway stations with commuters patiently waiting for their trains.

The Holiday Train Show is on its 12th year and will continue until February 23, 2014. However, it's best to check it out during the holiday season. There is no entrance fee, but a box by the door accepts your donations.

To get to Grand Central Station, take the Shuttle from Time Square to Grand Central. The Transit Museum Store is on the west end of the terminal right across from Zaro's Bakery.

Here are more photos of the miniature train exhibit. Take more photos during your visit, and share them on NYLC's page on Facebook or @NYLangCenter on Twitter tagged #ilovenylc. Have fun!

A commuter train pulling up to a station platform.

The commuter train heading into the country.

Straphangers waiting on a subway platform underground.

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