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    Nora Almeida

    Some great insights in your responses. While most of you note that electrification and the tiered track construction were the principle engineering feats achieved by Grand Central, some of you also pull out other details: Wilgus’ forward thinking vision, the excavation (so much dirt!), and the fact that the terminal remained open during the construction. Overall, great job distilling key points.


    Deven Guerrero

    I’d say the Grand Central Terminal is ” an achievement of civil engineering” for many reason. One, it was one of the first large-scale railroad electrification project, a development that enabled it to become a major railroad terminal. Second, William Wilgus idea of enhancing a form of transportation by creating an underground train system helped the development of other railroads in New York. As the first major electrification of an urban railroad terminal, it made possible elimination of the smoke and pollution of steam engines. This allow the design and construction of the present terminal facility which expanded railroad capacity and released land for residential and commercial development in the form of apartment buildings, office space and hotels. These are reasons why the GCT is an achievement of civil engineering.


    Steven Baculima

    The Grand Central Terminal is an achievement of civil engineering because of its efficiency, the engineers created a two-level underground rail yard by dividing the site into 12 longitudinal sections that were built one by one. Due to this, there will be less train-traffic in the stations. This station has served New York City’s railroads since 1859. And now it holds 44 platforms . Trains with different destinations set out from here. William Wilgus calculation and creativity made it so that the architecture would last for many years and be one of most popular site in NYC.

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