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The Last Keystone by yankeedog The Last Keystone by yankeedog
At the end of Penn Station's passenger train shed along Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh is the last remaining PRR Keystone. The train shed at Penn Station was built in the 1950s to replace original arched train shed built in 1902.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
KC's Union Station is a gem.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed. I just wonder what will happen to it in the future. Whether it happens in 10 years or 50 years, the need for effective rail transit in the metro will require that KC's passenger station have more capacity than its current two-track island platform can handle. What will happen then? Will KC build some new station in a different location, or will the city go about restoring Union Station to its original configuration? In order to make Union Station into a functional train station again, the city would have to tear down the Science City building that's attached to the west side of the concourse and covers the former platform tracks, tear down the two Trizec office towers built on the former platform tracks to the east of the concourse just to make space for the tracks. Then, the platforms would have to be rebuilt, the platform access stairs/escalators/elevators rebuilt, and train sheds erected. I'd love to see the day that happens.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Hard to say, there are so many factors, but the high price of gas for long trips will surely change the way we travel. I suspect that they will build a new station in another location.
-YD
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a highly likely scenario. It would still be very ironic if that were to happen though...to build a new train station across town from the country's third largest (and unusable) train station...
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
I'm sure hat's what will happen. It's that old/bad, new/good mentality that politicians have. It might work out for Union Station because they would likely mess it up.
-YD
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samreevesphoto Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
Agreed with all of the above. Lots of people have swiped the SP shields that adorned many of the overpasses here on the West Coast.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
That's too bad. I don't understand why people do that, but I wish I had the Keystone that was on the Freight House across from Penn station. :-)
-YD
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope this one stays. That's a piece of history.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
It sure is, even if it only dates to 1950. I think it's safe because Penn Station has Historic Landmark status, but you never know.
-YD
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, I've seen more than one NHL structure be torn down... :(
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