Letter: Known only as Penn Station

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The Independent Online
DAVID Usborne is wrong ('Amtrack builds on Penn's past glories', 20 March): there is no railway station in New York, nor I believe, in the entire United States, which is called just 'Penn'. When Americans refer to the place he's thinking of, they invariably use the term 'Penn Station' - two words, forming a title as indivisible in their contexts as 'Oxford Circus' or 'Leicester Square'. Indeed if anyone did use the singular 'Penn' in conversation, they would be understood to be referring not to a station but to that honourable Ivy League institution, the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Prince (Penn '64)

London SW11

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