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figure 1. The main waiting room
of Grand Central Terminal, now an
exhibition space called Vanderbilt
Hall (photo courtesy of the Museum
of Innovation and Science (miSci)
Archives, Schenectady, New York).

that provided dc for 900 incandescent lamps, using a
three-wire (110/220-V) distribution system.
In addition, the plant supplied 107 arc lamps within the depot itself. Also, a "breakdown" service from
the Edison Electric Illuminating Company had been
installed to replace gas light chandeliers that, previously, had been used as emergency lighting sources.
Lighting in the depot offices, however, was supplied
directly from the Edison Company normally.
In 1888, an annex was built on the east side of the
depot to provide more tracks at platforms to accommodate increased rail passenger traffic. Additional
electric power for lighting was supplied by a 50-hp
steam engine belted to a 25-kW generator in a facility located at 42nd Street and Depew Place (a short
north-south street named for Chauncey Depew, president of the New York Central Railroad at the time).
During the late 1890s, a massive reconstruction of
the depot was undertaken to provide even more extensive facilities for the still rapidly increasing passenger
traffic. The exterior of this new building was completed in 1898, but the interior renovations were not
completed until 1900. Due to the magnitude of these
alterations, it was decided to rename the facility Grand
Central Station (replacing "Depot" in the name).
An extensive new electric generating plant was
incorporated into the new facility. This was located
beneath the west side of the station, at 43rd Street,
and it extended into a vault beneath the sidewalk
along Vanderbilt Avenue, a north-south street running along the west side of the station (named for

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