Peek Behind the Scenes at Penn Station's Central Train Control Station

Hidden underground, the trains of New York's Penn Station are often forgotten, yet move half a million people in and out of the City each day.

In this video from PBS' American Experience, take a peek at the train control station that seamlessly coordinates all of that movement.

Half a million people pass through New York City's Penn Station every day. During rush hour, a train arrives at a platform every 58 seconds. Phil Kaplan has worked for Amtrak for 37 years, and he takes us for an unusual behind the scenes look at the Central Control room.

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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