Transit Tuesday: Parade of Trains at Grand Central Terminal

Next weekend is GCT’s Parade of Trains (May 11/12, 2013), New York City’s contribution to Amtrak’s National Train Day program (so if you don’t live in NYC, check out an event near you). Last year we were floored by the ribbon of well-behaved children that snaked through the terminal waiting to tour the elder statesmen of rail travel, parked on one of the out of the way tracks (read my post here).  This year, cars from the 1920s-1950s will be lined up on Tracks 34-37, including one from the iconic New York Central’s 20th Century Limited. It’s certainly an event geared toward kids given the event schedule, but I’m sure a fair amount of rail-fan adults will be there as well.

Could we please bring back class like this?

Photo: cruiselinehistory.com

 

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.