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Pennsylvania Station

"One entered the city like a God, One scuttles in now like a rat."Created by: PICRYLDated: 1911
Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), also known as the "Pennsy" was established in 1846 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By 1882 it had become the largest railroad, the largest transportation enterprise, and the largest corporation in the world. With 30,000 miles of track, it had longer mileage than any other country in the world, except Britain and France. Its budget was second only to the U.S. government. Its only formidable rival was the New York Central (NYC), which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.

Until the early 20th century, the PRR's rail network terminated on the western side of the Hudson River at Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. Manhattan-bound passengers boarded ferries to cross the Hudson River. The rival New York Central Railroad's line ran down Manhattan from the north under Park Avenue and terminated at Grand Central Depot (later Grand Central Station, now Terminal) at 42nd Street.

The development of the electric locomotive made tunnels feasible and on November 27, 1910, Penn Station was fully opened to the public.

Penn Station head house that was demolished in 1963. The demolition was controversial and caused outrage internationally and became a catalyst for the architectural preservation movement in the United States. Within the decade, the Grand Central Terminal was protected under the NYC's new landmarks preservation act.

The current 1968's Penn Station is completely underground and sits below Madison Square Garden, 33rd Street, and Two Penn Plaza.
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Pennsylvania Tunnel excavation /

Pennsylvania Tunnel excavation /

This film employs a 180-degree pan shot of the excavation site of New York's Pennsylvania Station, and includes shots of the narrow-gauge train used to haul debris from the tunnels under construction. Work bega... more

Pennsylvania Railroad Station, New York city : Seventh Avenue and Thirty-Second Street, looking towards Long Island /

Pennsylvania Railroad Station, New York city : Seventh Avenue and Thir...

Panorama. "Copyright 1910 Pennsylvania Railroad Co." Includes index and inset of the front of the Station. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.

[Pennsylvania Railroad Station, New York City, from 6th Ave.]

[Pennsylvania Railroad Station, New York City, from 6th Ave.]

Photo copyrighted by Irving Underhill. No. B19333. No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; NY NYC Views 1912; NY NYC P-; Ph. Ind.; R... more

Penn. R.R. Station when Sunday arrived

Penn. R.R. Station when Sunday arrived

Photograph shows crowd gathered around exit at Pennsylvania Station in New York City awaiting the arrival of Billy Sunday. (Source: similar image: LC-USZ62-84387)

Penn. R.R. Station when Sunday arrived

Penn. R.R. Station when Sunday arrived

Crowd gathered around exit at Pennsylvania Station in New York City awaiting the arrival of Billy Sunday. Bain News Service photograph. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Original negative m... more

[Down to the trains, Pennsylvania Station, New York]

[Down to the trains, Pennsylvania Station, New York]

Prints shows passengers descending the stairs from the steel-and-glass concourse to the platform of Pennsylvania Station.

The trains that come, and the trains that go

The trains that come, and the trains that go

Pennsylvania Railroad Station, Philadelphia, Pa. Etching and drypoint by Joseph Pennell. Wuerth, 712. Edition of 75? This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

The hall of iron, Pennsylvania Station, New York

The hall of iron, Pennsylvania Station, New York

Prints shows passengers in the steel-and-glass concourse of Pennsylvania Station. [His Railroad series] Wuerth, 703. Edition of 50? Inscription on plate in reverse: The Hall of Iron P R R. Signed and dated on p... more

Greyhound Bus Terminal, 33rd and 34th Streets between Sevent...

Greyhound Bus Terminal, 33rd and 34th Streets between Sevent...

Digital ID: 482565. Greyhound Bus Terminal, 33rd and 34th Streets between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, Manhattan.. Abbott, Berenice -- Photographer. July 14, 1936. .Notes: View of the terminal from above, ... more

Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan.

Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan.

Digital ID: 482700. Abbott, Berenice -- Photographer. 1935-1938, printed 1935-ca. 1990. .Notes: Looking across station toward parcel room, men gather around entrance and go down steps to board, porters stand b... more

Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan.

Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan.

Digital ID: 482562. Abbott, Berenice -- Photographer. 1935-1938, printed 1935-ca. 1990. .Notes: Looking over entrance stairways, with blur of man descending one, steel upright in foreground, steel arches and v... more

Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan.

Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan.

Digital ID: 482603. Abbott, Berenice -- Photographer. 1935-1938, printed 1935-ca. 1990. .Notes: Massive steel uprights in the center and to the left, with lighter steel tracery and windows above; men stand nea... more

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-fi...

Significance: The construction of Pennsylvania Station was one part of a large building program undertaken in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Included in this program was the construction of tunnels ... more

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-fi...

Significance: The construction of Pennsylvania Station was one part of a large building program undertaken in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Included in this program was the construction of tunnels ... more

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-fi...

Significance: The construction of Pennsylvania Station was one part of a large building program undertaken in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Included in this program was the construction of tunnels ... more

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-fi...

Significance: The construction of Pennsylvania Station was one part of a large building program undertaken in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Included in this program was the construction of tunnels ... more

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-fi...

Significance: The construction of Pennsylvania Station was one part of a large building program undertaken in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Included in this program was the construction of tunnels ... more

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-fi...

Significance: The construction of Pennsylvania Station was one part of a large building program undertaken in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Included in this program was the construction of tunnels ... more

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-fi...

Significance: The construction of Pennsylvania Station was one part of a large building program undertaken in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Included in this program was the construction of tunnels ... more

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-fi...

Significance: The construction of Pennsylvania Station was one part of a large building program undertaken in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Included in this program was the construction of tunnels ... more

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-first-Thirty-third Streets, New York, New York County, NY

Pennsylvania Station, 370 Seventh Avenue, West Thirty-first, Thirty-fi...

Significance: The construction of Pennsylvania Station was one part of a large building program undertaken in 1903 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Included in this program was the construction of tunnels ... more