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The New York Public Library now has a whimsical miniature train for transporting books

Will Gleason

When you think about it, it's kind of surprising that the New York Public Library didn't already have a magical train for books chugging along between its underground stacks and gorgeous reading rooms. If there's one place a Little Book Train that Could would exist, it would definitely be the place.

Now, those bookworm dreams have been realized. The NYPL's main building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street has installed a state-of-the-art conveyor system to transport materials throughout the building. The system consists of 24 individual red cars that can each carry 30 pounds of materials and will start delivering books during the week of October 3.

One of the train's stops will be the recently renovated Rose Reading Room which will reopen to the public after a two-year renovation on October 5. The journey from one end of the tracks to the other is about five minutes. Check it out in the video below.


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