Upgrades to Grand Central Terminal To Cut Energy Use 30%

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Upgrades to Grand Central Terminal To Cut Energy Use 30%

Post by MNCRR9000 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:11 pm

Came across this article on the Metro-North facebook page. Interesting how towards the end of the article they mention the compressors used to test all the trains brakes before each trip.
The largest energy efficiency project that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has ever undertaken with the New York Power Authority is underway in Grand Central Terminal and it will reduce annual carbon emissions by 10,000 tons.

Behind-the-scenes equipment that keeps Grand Central cool in the summer, warm in the winter and flushed with fresh air all year round is being upgraded though a $22 million partnership between NYPA and MTA Metro-North Railroad. The energy efficiency project will conserve energy and save an estimated $3 million a year.

Deep below the gleaming marble Concourse and high above the constellation ceiling is a myriad of pumps, chillers, fans, compressors, cooling towers, meters and miles of high-pressure steam pipes, many of them a century old. Many of these systems are being replaced throughout the 48-acre Terminal that extends seven stories above ground and 150 feet below sea level.

The upfront costs of the new, energy-efficient equipment will be borne by NYPA and be repaid annually over about 11 years by Metro-North with the money it saves as the result of a reduction in energy use. Installation began this month and will be completed by the end of 2013.

“Partnerships like this one between the MTA and NYPA are good for the environment, good for the state and good for the taxpayers as we continue to find ways to conserve energy and save money,” said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota.

“This particular project is especially good for Grand Central Terminal. As this great train station approaches its centennial, it is due for these kinds of system improvements.”
Link to the article on Metro-North's facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/mta-metr ... 6921053322

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Re: Upgrades to Grand Central Terminal To Cut Energy Use 30%

Post by truck6018 » Tue May 01, 2012 3:44 am

.....Two existing air compressors will be replaced. The compressed air is used to test the air-brakes on all Metro-North trains before each and every trip. .....
Yeah, sure. So compressed air from the terminal is going to be used on class 2 tests? Class 1's maybe, but no more quick turns if it's going to be used for class 2's.

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Re: Upgrades to Grand Central Terminal To Cut Energy Use 30%

Post by DutchRailnut » Tue May 01, 2012 3:49 am

No outside air is used to test brakes on any trains, the house air was never high enough in pressure to do brake test.
It was ment to keep air (90Lbs) on standard equipment, while no locomotives provided air. so toilets and old water riser airconditioners worked.
only cars I have ever seen on house air are inspection train cars.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: Upgrades to Grand Central Terminal To Cut Energy Use 30%

Post by BobLI » Tue May 01, 2012 9:17 am

Perhaps the same gentleman that was giving information about the armored train car (old baggage car) in GCT was giving the information about the air compressors? Both bogus!

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Re: Upgrades to Grand Central Terminal To Cut Energy Use 30%

Post by DutchRailnut » Tue May 01, 2012 7:33 pm

given or made up stories by him ?? just Sayin...
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