"B" Line Question of the Day

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"B" Line Question of the Day

Postby dr_wu002 » Fri Apr 09, 2004 7:36 am

I've noticed that commonwealth ave. past the "BC" stop at the end of the "B" line is quite wide and has a large grassy mall area all the way to Centre Street in Newton. Was the "B" line intended to go all the way to Centre Street where the Mall/ROW ends? Was there ever an extension that went there or did it always end at BC? I notice that there is a Bus Line that goes down Centre Street (the "52" or something) -- was this originally a Trolley Line? Could the "B" and "D" line been connected by a hop, skip and a jump at one point?

Another thing I notice about the "B" line which is really hideous is that when trains travel up the non-revenue Chestnut Hill Ave. tracks, the operator has to get out of the car and manually switch the track with some kind of stick to get over onto the main "B" line. This has got to be the trashiest aspect of probably any passenger rail line in the country. The tracks and road at that intersection is just in terrible shape as well. I always drive fast around that turn when a train is there because I'm always worried it's going to topple over onto my car. They need to work on that.

Postby FatNoah » Fri Apr 09, 2004 7:56 am

Local experts could probably tell you more, but I believe the trolley went as far as Norumbega Park.

This link has more information about the park: http://www.defunctparks.com/parks/MA/no ... gapark.htm

This link has a map showing a small portion the trolley line on commonwealth ave.
http://users.rcn.com/copley.ma.ultranet ... mbega.html
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Postby jwhite07 » Fri Apr 09, 2004 7:59 am

There was once a transfer station at Lake Street where Boston Elevated service terminated and Middlesex and Boston Street Railway service began. That particular line went to Norumbega Park in Auburndale, and it was the last M&B streetcar line to be abandoned, in 1930.
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