Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
PHOTOS: On This Day in Transportation History, New York's Penn Station Opened
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:55 AM
(Want to hear what announcements at the original Penn Station sounded like? The above audio, which comes from the WNYC Archives, was recorded sometime in the 1950s.)
On November 27, 1910, one of New York City's original architectural jewels opened its doors to train passengers.
"The first train was sent out of the station through the 'tubes under the Hudson River at midnight," the New York Times reported, "although three months before trains had been sent out of the terminal over the Long Island Road, under the East River."
Check out some photos of the original structure.
Penn Station, circa 1910 (Library of Congress)
The exterior of Penn Station in 1920 (Library of Congress)
Interior, taken before 1915 (Library of Congress image)
Crowds awaiting Reverend Billy Sunday's appearance, probably in 1917 (Library of Congress)
Penn Station in 1962, one year before its demolition (Cervin Robinson/Library of Congress)
Waiting for a train, 1942 (Library of Congress)
(Library of Congress)