Track bays in GCT

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Track bays in GCT

Post by CP-4070 » Wed May 22, 2019 3:52 am

Why are some ends of the track bays (if you call it like that) in GCT round and others straight? Has this something to do with observation cars when they were placed against the bumper while other platforms were rather used for MU cars with rather square ends?
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Re: Track bays in GCT

Post by JamesRR » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:16 am

I think it was just an aesthetic design decision, as the cars would never be rolled that far back to 'hug' the rounded concrete. It appears to be a more elegant way to have the platform straddle the bumper end of the track. Most of the tracks on both levels have them, but there are some squared-off ones. As to why....hard to say. Some might have been redone over years for whatever reason, but more likely, the original building of the station was such a big project done over phases that a deviation in the design occurred.

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Re: Track bays in GCT

Post by Backshophoss » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:58 pm

Some were changed when Standby ground power was installed for the Turbos.
the Steam plant lines were next to the bumping block.
At the loop tracks the main ramp would send passengers to the concourse level,while the car knockers would cutoff the inbound road power
under the ramp.
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Re: Track bays in GCT

Post by CP-4070 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:13 am

Backshophoss wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:58 pm

the Steam plant lines were next to the bumping block.
By the way, where was steam generated for this purpose?

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Re: Track bays in GCT

Post by Ridgefielder » Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:00 pm

CP-4070 wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:13 am
Backshophoss wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:58 pm

the Steam plant lines were next to the bumping block.
By the way, where was steam generated for this purpose?
I believe the Terminal uses the same Con Ed central steam system for heat and hot water as the rest of Midtown Manhattan-- so drawing from the power plants at 60th/York and/or 14th St. and the East River.

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Re: Track bays in GCT

Post by DutchRailnut » Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:01 pm

in boiler room far under lower level near tracks 200 and 101.
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Re: Track bays in GCT

Post by Backshophoss » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:42 pm

Don't believe the GCT steam lines was ever tied in to the Con-ED service,GCT did provide steam service to some of the buildings in the area.
Both GCT and MO Yard have "in house" steam plants.
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Re: Track bays in GCT

Post by CP-4070 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:44 am

Thanks guys!
Was it then close to the room with the rotary converters?
I trust that coal was used for the boilers. How was it delivered to the boiler room? By hopper cars and chutes?

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