Secrets deep below Grand Central Terminal - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Secrets deep below Grand Central Terminal

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A piece of 20th Century history is preserved in pristine condition 13 stories deep into the cavernous bowels of Grand Central Terminal. It is the deepest basement in New York City. Now it is just a little known location, but at one time it was super secretive.

During World War II, guards were ordered to shoot on sight anyone who came close to the rotary converters, which power the trains. Gunshots almost rang out in 1942 when Hitler sent spies to pour sand in the converters, according to Dan Brucker, Grand Central Terminal historian. But back then, it was the first iteration of the "See something, say something" campaign that saved commuters and their trains from certain death and destruction: the FBI checked everybody's baggage for security reasons and found luggage that had to belong to Nazi espionage agents, thwarting a sinister plan.

In another section under Grand Central, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had his very own secret train track, which would bring him directly into the Waldorf-Astoria, sight unseen.

All 33 miles of track kept under watch by the first electronic computer designed by Westinghouse back in 1913. The old-school system was still several hundred million years younger than the rock below grand central.

Bruce Einsohn, a geologist, says the rock dates back 600 million years.

The new Grand Central nerve system was installed in 1992.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:48:09 GMT
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:09:54 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices