Vintage News Report on the MBTA from 1980

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Vintage News Report on the MBTA from 1980

Postby blackcap » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:32 pm

In late summer 1980, WNAC-TV aired a "Newspeople" segment featuring a woman operator on the Red Line, one of only three women operating Red Line trains at the time. The segment runs from 15:59 of this video (the link will start the video from this point) to 17:52.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgOouMAlZ5w#t=959s
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Re: Vintage video report on the MBTA from 1980

Postby CircusFreakGRITZ » Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:04 pm

blackcap wrote:In late summer 1980, WNAC-TV aired a "Newspeople" segment featuring a woman operator on the Red Line, one of only three women operating Red Line trains at the time. The segment runs from 15:59 of this video (the link will start the video from this point) to 17:52.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgOouMAlZ5w#t=959s

That's a really cool video. She seems quite a bit more friendly than many T workers I've encountered, maybe just a coincidence.

Are those the 1500's, 1600's or 1700's? The seating arrangement is different from today!! I like it much better than the aisle seating today! When did this change occur?
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Re: Vintage video report on the MBTA from 1980

Postby blackcap » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:07 pm

Those would be the pre-rebuild 01500s and 01600s. The 01700s, and the 015xx/016xx rebuilding, were still several years in the future at that point. The rebuilding took place between 1985 and 1988, and the 01700s started arriving in 1987.
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Re: Vintage video report on the MBTA from 1980

Postby Robert Paniagua » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:02 pm

Yes, the 015/1600s were indeed rehabbed from 1985 to 87 but I noticed that the motorman's dash control console is the same as they are today except the ATO Speed Dial wasn't installed yet. And the seating arrangement was identical to Washington's WMATA Breda 2Ks, 3Ks, and 4K cars.
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