Thursday, October 9, 2008

Grand Central Station Stairs

This photo was taken inside the Grand Central Station last weekend. It was not as crowded as it usually is during the week days so I was able to get some great photos there.

I am a huge fan of railway transportation and I wish we had great rail services like they do in Europe and Japan. I have taken the train from NYC to Montreal (10 hours), Toronto (10 hours), Boston (4.5 hours), Washington DC (3 hours) and Philadelphia (2 hours), and from San Diego to Los Angeles (2 hours).

So have you ever taken the train lately? Do you like it?

23 comments:

Thinking Fool said...

Took it to your city last March! And I take "a" train to work every morning, but I don't think you have the subway in mind!

Lily Hydrangea said...

great shot Ming. I love Grand Central.
unfortunately my train to Manhattan is the LIRR. It's alright but the train station isn't as nice as GC.

Wayne said...

A fine shot of the staircase Ming.

I spent a lot of time skulking around Grand Central on my visit. It's fabulous. I knew about the Oyster Bar but the size of the Food Court really surprised me.

I took the Montreal-NYC train on this recent trip and I went over to Philly too. It really can't be beat in terms of dollar value. I've been on the LA-Vancouver train, Coast Starlight, a couple of times.

By the way, the Canadian dollar has dropped below .90 so it's a good time to visit Canada.

Sharon said...

I love Grand Central Station. It's just majestic. I'm afraid my most recent train trip was in Europe where it's quite common.

Olivier said...

sûrement la plus belle gare du monde, la lumière qui rentre dans cette gare est magnifique. (et j'adore son petit marché)

surely the most beautiful station in the world, the light that falls into this station is great. (and I love its small market)

Chuck Pefley said...

Very nice, Ming. I like the leading lines of the staircase.

Babzy said...

the station is really beautiful never seen one like this !

valeria said...

What a nice shot, Ming, such warm colours, bright.
No, I haven't taken trains lately. I used to travel a lot between Verona and Tuscany, before moving. I loved to take the "pendolino": a fast train that connects Milan and Rome. Much much nicer and more modern than any other trains here...

George said...

Did you take a picture of the Maserati on display?

Abraham Lincoln said...

Many train stations used to be like this but not so elegant in materials used. I know Dayton's train station was, at one time, a beautiful place but it has since been torn down.

My longest train trip was from Dayton at that terminal to San Francisco. Three days and four nights as I recall. Lots of clickety-clacks.

Migs CFL fan said...

I got to visit GCS back in July and was in awe. Great pics as usual

Cheers

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Virginia said...

This is a great shot of this grand dame of train stations. I love the warm color of the stone and that shiny marble handrails. Just a beauty. We had a really nice historic one here in Birmingham but a bunch of idiots got together and tore it down. Sometimes we're soooo backwards!

I use to ride the train to Little Rock Arkansas with my mother in the summers to see my grandparents. Sleeping in a berth was the most fun of all!

marley said...

Grand Central Station is an amazing building. Last night, on TV here, a new series started of The Worlds Greatest Cities. The first one was New York. The presenter took in all aspects of the city within a 24 hour period. He visited Grand Central, did you know the constellations painted on the ceiling are all the wrong way round? The artist had the drawing the wrong way up! To get round this it was decided that the view of the stars is the same as if you were a God looking down, rather than a mere mortal looking up!

Anonymous said...

Yep, we travel from LA to San Diego and/or Santa Barbara by train frequently. Great service, relaxing, and just fun! Took a "fast" train from Paris to Brussels last year. Wow. An experience.

This ia a fantastic picture Ming. Grand Central is on my short list for our December trip to NYC. Has anyone heard about a bar called Campbell's or something like that?

Doris

Terry B said...

Trains have played an ongoing role in my life, from taking the train from Mississippi to California when I was four, with my mother and six-week-old baby brother [to join my father, who had gone ahead to find work] to traveling from Chicago to New Mexico with a girlfriend one Christmas Eve, to countless trips between Chicago and St. Louis. Even now, a train whistle never fails to evoke a wistful feeling in me.

Islipian said...

I grew up mostly on the east coast, but my mother's family was on the west...and and every summer, because she wouldn't fly, she and I would take Amtrak from NY to LA. Overnight from Penn Station to Chicago in seats...then two nights in a sleeper car to Los Angeles. At the time, I was too young and antsy to appreciate such a mini-vacation, but I would love to do it again now as an adult.

Marie Reed said...

I am a trainaholic! I took a 4 hour trip Frankfurt-Paris last Friday!

L.Shaw said...

I take the subway everyday.... does that count?

teahouse said...

I do love trains. But I think that the United States has some of the worst trains in the developed world. Especially NJ Transit. Constant delays!

When you compare our trains to those of Europe and countries like Japan, Taiwan, Korea, it's pretty embarrassing for us. I guess because we're a nation of cars. But it would be better for the environment if we invested more $$ into mass transit!

Hilda said...

I've always thought GCT a wonderful building! And I keep thinking of The Untouchables when I see it, especially this stairway. :)

I wish we had a good train system here in the Philippines, but we don't. We do have a light rail system in the metro, and I love it but it really needs to be expanded to cover more areas. I've been to Tokyo and their system really is fantastic!

ken mac said...

wonderful colors and textures ming. I bet you shot this around 5pm? The light really streams in..

Kitty said...

I love how you capture the shininess of the railing, Ming, because they are indeed very, very shiny.

I love this space. One of my favorites in the city.

• Eliane • said...

This is agreat shot!!
I agree with you. We need some kind of TGV out here. Ok, we have Amtrak to Boston and DC. And lots of train service to the tri-state area. But those trains are so outdated. If the U.S. is serious about the environment, there should really be some infrastructure investments, and incentive for workers to take the train (not only in nyc).