Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby Steve Wagner » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:57 pm

I rode the second inbound Fitchburg Route train this morning (Tuesday the 30th) from West Concord to Porter. It was about 13 minutes late leaving West Concord and was about 27 minutes late leaving Porter.

It was apparent to me that one reason for the lateness was that apparently the only passenger car worker on the five-car train was one conductor. As we arrived at Waltham I spoke with a man who'd ridden the last outbound train on Monday, scheduled to reach Fitchburg at 2:49. The train's progress was blocked by trees on the track between Lincoln and Concord and (if I'm remembering what he told me correctly) between South Acton and Littleton. Just after the train left North Leominster it hit a utility pole. At that point the T put the ten or so remaining passengers into taxis and paid their cabfare. They arrived in Fitchburg about 5:50 p.m., i.e. about three hours late.
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby Steve Wagner » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:59 pm

I forgot to add this: The conductor on the train I rode this morning was the conductor on the last outbound train to Fitchburg yesterday afternoon!
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby TrainManTy » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:47 pm

Fitchburg Line 410 was delayed about 45 minutes this morning, mostly due to signal problems in Waltham—none of the interlocking signals would clear for some reason and all trains had to pass them under authority of Form Ds. This caused a meet with outbound 453 to take a good ten minutes and then a lengthy delay waiting for the signal to clear. We also had to stop and flag both crossings in downtown Waltham as well as Beaver Street.
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby AEM7AC920 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:48 pm

Not to mention rail conditions are bad as well, a lot of trains having trouble making track speed.
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby MBTA3247 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:37 pm

The T has pulled buses from all over for the Riverside shuttle. Just saw a pair of CNGs, one of the newer diesels, and an RTS.
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:40 pm

MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote:trees brought about 6-9 arms and wires down at MP 197, the 9:55am #805 was the first train allowed to go thru the reopened mainline and all the sets that were stranded in Pawtucket this morning are currently making their way to Boston as 3 double drafts so we have the proper equipment for tonight's rush hour service...from what I heard, they ran a shuttle service between Stoughton and Canton Jct. and sent the Stoughton equipment to Mansfield and had trains depart on their regularly scheduled Mansfield dept. times


a correction on my post, I saw the tree tonight, it came down just after MP 200 and it was a decent sized tree in a very tough to reach area for Amtrak crews...tonights delays seemed to be mostly wheel sleep issues and trouble making normal speed...Sharon hill proved to be especially tough
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Condition Of MBTA T lines After Storm Sandy

Postby rail10 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:42 pm

What are the conditions of the stations,lines and trains of the T after storm sandy?
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Re: Condition Of MBTA T lines After Storm Sandy

Postby Rbts Stn » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:50 pm

Do you want these alphabetical, geographical, or some other way?

And have you checked MBTA.com yet for much of what (you may) be looking for?
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby 3rdrail » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:27 pm

NYC RATS ARE MOVING TO BOSTON !!! and are supposedly eyeing the new Lechmere targeted area west due to the proximty to the old N.E. Confectionairy Company building with it's old candy all over the place ! Hundreds have been observed in wagon trains headed east on the Pike !
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Re: Condition Of MBTA T lines After Storm Sandy

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:16 pm

The same as before the storm.
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:13 am

New York's MTA has an interesting set up to drain their flooded tunnels. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtaphotos/ ... 915979762/

Does the T have anything like this in case a similar disaster happens?
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby 3rdrail » Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:04 pm

My old 1970 Land Rover Series IIa with a snorkel kit (air hose/filter that rides up high and connects with the carb) would get right in those flooded tunnels with a pump !
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:29 pm

Paul,
How do you think they worked that subway car down in the water? clearly the 3rd rail is deactivated.
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby jrc520 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:59 pm

I know I'm not Paul :-p, But I believe they have diesel engines for this - I've seen youtube of these locomotives running through subways on trash train service, so I'm assuming that's what they are using here. http://nycsubway.org/wiki/Locomotives,_1965-Present for a good picture of them.
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Re: Sandy's Impact on the MBTA

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:09 pm

Thank you.
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