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Postby Ron Newman » Sat Jun 26, 2004 5:55 am

There was once a pedestrian tunnel connecting Boylston Station to the Little Building on the other side of Boylston Street. That building is now an Emerson College dorm. Could you be seeing the remnants of this connection?
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Postby vanshnookenraggen » Sat Jun 26, 2004 10:41 am

No, that can bee seen on the inbound platform. This is further down the tunnel towards Arlington.

Postby astrosa » Sun Jun 27, 2004 2:25 am

About the ventilator shaft in the cemetery, that's the Old Granary Burial Grounds next to Kings Chapel at the corner of Tremont and School St. About 10 years ago my mom worked as a tour guide there, and they used to jokingly refer to it as "The Entrance to the Underworld" or something like that. And they probably did use that line on tourists, too, since it almost looks convincing until you hear the trains going by. I'm not sure why it's such an ornate structure instead of just being a grate in the ground.

But considering the location in a cemetery, and also that Kings Chapel has crypts in the basement containing the bones of old deceased ones - just a few yards away from the ventilator shaft - it's a very fitting joke!

And yeah, I remember reading an article in the Boston Globe a couple years ago where the reporter went on a very private tour into the abandoned Tremont tunnel. I think the tour group consisted of an MBTA official, the reporter, and a woman who could supposedly connect with the ghosts of workers who died while building the tunnel or something like that. I think it said that there were still rotting ties and rusted rails down in there, and that there was trash or junk everywhere. Pretty spooky (and unsafe), apparently...

Postby efin98 » Sun Jun 27, 2004 5:45 am

I think that a similar article off of a website if not the same article was posted here long ago and came to a similar conclusion about the Tremont Tunnel. They had photographic proof though, but that is open to interpretation depending on how much you believe in the paranormal.
Sent a chill down my spine anyway, and I don't scare easily :P

Postby Xplorer2000 » Mon Jun 28, 2004 3:53 pm

Now here's a curious line of thought.....are there places on the subway system that are claimed to be haunted??? There's always urban legends about this kind if thing , but does anyone out there know of them? I mean , heck, we have a trolley line that goes right through one cemetary(Cedar Grove in Dorchester), and probably displaced graves in several others on the Green Line (never wise, disturbing the dead....). Any other odd instances of " Things that go bump in the Night" out there on the "T"???

Postby astrosa » Mon Jun 28, 2004 11:54 pm

Well, going back to the Old Granary Burial Ground and its ventilator shaft, I believe Kings Chapel did some expansion work or something at one point, which meant they did relocate some graves, but I don't think that was related to T work.

Aside from that, nothing else I know of...


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