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Amherst Railway Society - meeting - January, 2016

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Amherst Regional Middle School, Amherst, MA
In 1963, amid declining rail passenger traffic and heated controversy, New York City’s Pennsylvania Station came crashing down - making way for a smaller station and the current edition of Madison Square Garden. Built in the early 1900s by the Pennsylvania Railroad, Pennsylvania Station was considered one of America’s architectural masterpieces. But even with that distinction, the wrecking ball could not be stayed. On January 19th, Rick Abramson will present a historical perspective of the rise and fall of Pennsylvania Station. A life-long rail enthusiast, Rick will cover the concept, design and construction of the station, including the six tunnels under the North and East Rivers. Rick’s presentation will include photos of the station’s construction, and eventual demolition. The presentation will also include a brief biography of Alexander Cassatt, former President of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Oh, and today? - Pennsylvania Station is one of the busiest rail terminals in North America, handling more than 600,000 commuter rail and Amtrak passengers every day.

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