Grand Central in Chicago was an antique jewel amoungst the city's (and the country's by the 1960's) six major stations in terms of age and appeareances, sadly it's demise was a harbinger of bad things to come for the rest as well. With arched trainshed, iron gates, clock tower and large stone facade it was a stately remnant, all the more compelling because of the ability to see its classic facade relatively unimpeded from the adjoining highways into downtown. Sadly it's sooty appearance garnered little public support for it's preservation, that and the aforementioned surplus of unused or low utilization yard trackage just south of downtown which had the developers licking their chops. Though ALL worthy of preservation, I never considered Dearborn, LaSalle or Central quite the equal for various reasons. The real killer for me was the Northwestern Station's head building, so beautiful, what treasure, what a waste, torn down for that stupid glass box that replaced it. Fresh out of college in 1980 I participiated in a rather nasty argument with one of the heads of the Chicago Real Estate board over this who couldn't fathom the historic value of a city like Chicago preserving it's classic stations. It still makes me grind my teeth flat just thinking about it. Even Union lost a portion with the demise of its huge vaulted waiting annex, perhaps given the times and climate I should just be grateful for what's left. Sorry for the vent, but I've been waiting a long time to get this one off my chest.