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A Century of Third Rail Power


September 30th, 2006 marked a century’s passing since the first real world application of third-rail power for the railroad which was to become the MTA in New York.

MTA Metro North hosted a great event with tours of their Grand Central and Ossining power substations. The trip to Ossining from Grand Central was via a chartered M7 type train, the newest of MTA Metro North’s commuter rail fleet. The day was marked by scenic views of the Hudson river and the infrastructure along the way that made electric rail travel possible.

I’m in the process of massaging my photos to make them worthy of sharing, and hope to assemble an article for my regular website that I can share with my other railfan buddies.

Thanks to MTA Metro North for a fine event, and I look forward to the next!

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