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8/8/2006



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Metro-North to commemorate 100th anniversary of electric train operations



On Sept. 30, MTA Metro-North Railroad will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first electric train that ran on third-rail power from New York City’s Grand Central Terminal to the Bronx.

The agency will commemorate the event by offering a day-long excursion that includes presentations, tours and train trips.

The day will begin at Grand Central Terminal, where Metro-North officials will give a presentation on the history of the 1906 New York Central Railroad Harlem and Hudson electrification system, and Metro-North’s current electrification systems. Officials then will provide the first-ever general public tour of M-42, an underground facility that houses original rotary converters and control boards.

Later, visitors will board a new M-7 electric train and travel to the largest original substation at Mott Haven Junction, followed by stops at Highbridge Yard, an original power plant in Glenwood, N.Y., and the Ossining substation.



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