Anatomy of a Powerhouse Electrifying the El

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Anatomy of a Powerhouse Electrifying the El

The New York Transit Museum’s newest exhibition, Anatomy of a Powerhouse: Electrifying the El, showcases the construction and early operations of the 74th Street Powerhouse in 31 impressive black and white photographs from the Museum’s archival collection. This exhibition will run through October 12, 2014 as a companion exhibit to ElectriCity: Powering New York’s Rails. At the turn of the twentieth century, the powerhouse enabled the transition from steam locomotives to cleaner electric trains, fundamentally improving conditions in the city. Before the switch, smoke, cinders and soot from steam-powered elevated trains plagued Manhattan, blackening the air and dirtying the streets. With the opening of the Manhattan Railway Company’s 74th Street Powerhouse in 1902, those irksome steam engines soon became a thing of the past. This exhibition celebrates the massive building and powerful machinery that without fanfare revolutionized elevated transit in New York City.

Admission: Adults $7, Children 2-17 and Seniors (62+) $5, Seniors free on Wednesdays, Museum members and children under 2 free

Anatomy of a Powerhouse Electrifying the El
Event Category: Museum
When: February 10, 2014 ~ October 12, 2014
Where: New York Transit Museum
More Info: web.mta.info/mta/museum/
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