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MBTA Tours?

Postby scottmac112 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:07 pm

All:

I would like to start by saying that I have become just fascinated with the T since I arrived here almost two months ago. I'm most familiar with the Red Line, as I ride it every day from Alewife to Kendall/MIT for work (or further for anything outside Cambridge/Somerville). Thanks to the wonderful historians, I now know the differences between the 15/16/1700 and 1800-series trains. I've also finally been able to see Old Harvard (not Holyoke yet) Station. A nice conductor even told me that if he'd known I was trying to see it, he would've turned off the interior lights of the train!

Now I was wondering, I read a Globe article once that said that the MBTA allows periodic tours of abandoned subway lines and stations in the late-night hours of the weekend. Is this still so? And does anyone know who to contact for such an inquiry?

Because I come from Texas/New Mexico where most current structures didn't exist 100 years ago, I'm also interested in UrbEx in general. The T's tunnels and stations, the MIT tunnels, all of this just fascinates me; a lot of it seems hard to find and see though. And I can't get arrested; I'm here on an internship (just until next month).

Sorry for the long-winded introduction!
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Re: MBTA Tours?

Postby sery2831 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:41 am

Welcome... Currently there are guided tours of some non public T locations, but sadly no more abandoned area tours. We have a thread somewhere about the current tours on here. I am sure someone can dig it up before I can get a chance to do a search!
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Re: MBTA Tours?

Postby dieciduej » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:54 am

Here is a thread from a few months ago regarding behind the scene tours, not sure if they are still running them:

http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=88276&start=0&hilit=tour

http://www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/default.asp?id=22642

Also the BSRA, Boston Street Railway Association, August's meeting will be about the abandoned Tremont St subway:

http://www.thebsra.org/meetings/

Not sure if that will help.

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Re: MBTA Tours?

Postby SM89 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:06 am

dieciduej wrote:Here is a thread from a few months ago regarding behind the scene tours, not sure if they are still running them:

http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=88276&start=0&hilit=tour

http://www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/default.asp?id=22642

Also the BSRA, Boston Street Railway Association, August's meeting will be about the abandoned Tremont St subway:

http://www.thebsra.org/meetings/

Not sure if that will help.

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Just in case you don't see it at the bottom, you email topendoors@MBTA.com to set up the tour. When I arranged mine it took about a month. They will tell you what is available out of the three possible tour sites.
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