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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 03:20 PM
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Photos: Visiting The Secret Train Platform Beneath The Waldorf-Astoria
Photos: Visiting The Secret Train Platform Beneath The Waldorf-Astoria
The FDR car(Photo by Sam Horine/Gothamist)

Over the weekend we had a chance to visit the long-abandoned Waldorf-Astoria train platform, which allowed VIPs to enter the hotel in a more private mannermost famously it was used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, possibly to hide the fact that he was in a wheelchair suffering from polio. The mysterious track, known as Track 61, still houses the train car and private elevator, which were both large enough for FDR's armor-plated Pierce Arrow car. Legend has it that the car would drive off the train, onto the platform and straight into the elevator, which would lead to the hotel's garage. Trainjotting has some more history regarding the platform, known as Track 61, and notes that the quest for it "has become a holy grail for many urban explorers."

Some fun facts regarding the timeline of the tracks: It was first used by General Pershing in 1938, and less than 30 years after that, in 1965, it was the venue for a party thrown by Andy Warhol (fittingly called The Underground Party).

http://gothamist.com/2011/11/07/photos.php#photo-1
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 03:24 PM
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1. that is so cool.
i want to go there.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 03:26 PM
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2. Wow, that was interesting!!! Thanks!!! n/t
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 03:31 PM
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3. Here's an interesting You Tube clip on it too.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 03:39 PM
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5. Thanks
Very cool :hi:
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 10:42 AM
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14. I'm always intrigued by things like this, stuff hidden away one would never
normally ever get to see. Some of the urban underground explorations are pretty cool too. I was watching one the other day where they were exploring abandoned subway stations and lines in NYC. :hi:
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 10:52 AM
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16. Same here. I love poking around in dark dangerous places.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 03:36 PM
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4. Cool!
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 03:49 PM
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6. Somehow I'm reminded of when I took the cavern
tour underneath the Lincoln Memorial back in 1979. The tours were very limited in number of people, they only did one a night and only a couple of nights a week. They've long since been discontinued, I believe.

Things like this are amazing and utterly fascinating.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 03:53 PM
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7. I would love to see inside the train car.
it's a shame it hasn't been restored to placed in the Train Museum.
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MedicalAdmin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 04:00 PM
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8. Things really haven't changed.
The 1% have always had it good.

Note: I am not begrudging anything that a standing president gets in terms of perks or safety. But FDR wasn't the only person who used this rail line.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 04:03 PM
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9. I always said the first thing I'd do if I win the lottery, is to get my own private railcar.
See the country by rail, just go wherever I'd feel like it, all in style.
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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 08:37 PM
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10. You'd take us, right?
I mean what's a trip without friends?
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 09:12 PM
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11. You might be better off just leasing one.
I had thought such a thing as well, and I looked into it. It ain't cheap. If you buy a restored car from a private owner, you're going to pay a pretty penny for it. The "Silver Iris" sold for $270,000 and then to get it moved can run upwards of $2.00 per mile. The maintenance can be pretty costly on such a car too and there is storage to consider. If you buy one that needs restoration, you are looking at up to and over a million to get it back to original condition.

Here's a link to a .pdf from Amtrak about such cars;

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amtrak.com%2Fservlet%2FBlobServer%3Fblobcol%3Durldata%26blobtable%3DMungoBlobs%26blobkey%3Did%26blobwhere%3D1249200499295%26blobheader%3Dapplication%252Fpdf%26blobheadername1%3DContent-disposition%26blobheadervalue1%3Dattachment%3Bfilename%3DAmtrak_Private_Car_Tariff.pdf&ei=gt-5TtTID_CS2AWD75GhBw&usg=AFQjCNGISxB6R-iE2xZHpMjS_P85lpHEPw&sig2=AdZ-Up_CV6uZoxc75m7g4w
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1620rock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 10:04 PM
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12. That tunnel was the escape route of the crooks in the subway movie "The Taking Of Pelham 123".
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 10:05 PM
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13. cool and creepy
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 10:51 AM
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15. Looks like an apocalyptic video game set.
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 11:04 AM
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17. How much has society changed since 1940?
The president was confined to a wheelchair and no one knew.

I find that hard to wrap my head around.
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dembotoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 11:21 AM
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18. if it could be turned into a museum it would be a must see attraction
the train car needs a better fate



wonder why some writer has not come up with a movie plot that would inclue this....
you know nazi agents try to kill fdr in the tunnel, knock the train off the tracks....
sort of a james bond indiana jones type thing.
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