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Grand Central __ ?

MMDE: Grand Central Station

Current: Grand Central Terminal

This MMDE is likely to have a logical explanation, but it's persistence is baffling nevertheless. 

Grand Central Station does not exist. It did from 1900 till 1910, after which it changed it's name to Grand Central Terminal.

The odd thing is the old name is still very much recognised the world over - ask anyone outside the US to complete the phrase "Grand Central __" and they'll likely respond with "Station", even if they've never set foot in the US. 

It doesn't help things when current reports still refer to the old name, such as in this example from the New York Times. Although, it's said the old name is still used "affectionately" so they may be doing the same.

Original site of station from 1871

Grand Central has 44 platforms - the most of any worldwide - and covers 48 acres. It began as a mere railroad shed in 1837, converted from a horseshoe shed on the same site. It dates right back to the birth of the US railway network itself, since obviously they needed somewhere to start and finish. Soon after the rail industry started to take off, a line was built which ran the length of Lower Manhattan with steam trains along the Hudson river, but a law was introduced banning them from running in hte city itself due to the disruption caused to city life.

In 1869 construction of the first of what would be recognised today as an actual railway station was started on site and called Grand Central Depot. It was completed in 1871, and the few smaller depots which had also been built has their lines diverted to it, so there was by then one huge terminus.

By 1897 the railways had grown to such an extent that the Grand Central Depot had reached maximum capacity and it was clear expansion was required. this was completed by enlarging the concourse, the height of the building and additional waiting rooms as well as expanded tracks. It was renamed the Grand Central Station and opened in October 1900. it's name has been with use ever since ;-)