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North Station DNC preperations

Postby sery2831 » Sun Jun 06, 2004 3:06 pm

Last night a 300 series coach was placed on track one at the bunter for MBCR crews to have a place to go between trains at north station. This car was damaged about 2 years ago in Manchester-by-the-Sea. They have super tinted the windows so the public cant see in, and have removed half of the seats on the inside. Not sure how the car is going to be powered. After that car was placed, the same crew brought a flat car on track ten to remove the two trailers we used to have for breaks. The MBTAs RC130 wreck crane was used to lift the trailers onto the car, first time I had ever seen the wreck crane inside north station. Too bad I had left my camera at home!
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Postby ST214 » Sun Jun 06, 2004 8:15 pm

Hey John, How are you? Been a while since i've heard from you. So you live in Fitchburg now???

Anyway, wasen't the break room the Trainmasters office???
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Postby Diverging Route » Mon Jun 07, 2004 9:25 am

Shouldn't they have used a 500- or 1500-series car with a potty? Where will the crews go now?
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Postby caduceus » Mon Jun 07, 2004 7:56 pm

Yup, 363 I believe (stenciled MBTX - must have planned to get it repaired) is on track 1. I guess I never noticed that track 1 was never used.

Weren't they supposed to use the stripped Budds sitting near BET for this?
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Postby sery2831 » Mon Jun 07, 2004 9:57 pm

Dont even get me started on the rest rooms!
Track one is used, they have installed wheel stops and a baracade just short of the car. The car is lettered because eventually it will be sent to TTA in New York to be rebuilt. They currently have two 1600 cars there being worked on from the same accident.
As far as a break room in the TMs office, there is a little space for us in there. But it's mostly for calling for messages and paper work. That office is going to be closed too, soon! I am not sure where it's going to be relocated. I know that's why they got 2 budd cars and not one. But it looks like those cars will not be used.
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Postby jwhite07 » Wed Jun 09, 2004 6:03 am

Too bad I had left my camera at home!


Yeah, but then you'd have to report yourself per that new special instruction! :P
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Postby sery2831 » Wed Jun 09, 2004 10:16 am

LOL :D
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Thu Jun 10, 2004 5:30 am

A little off-topic, but have you all seen the ugly pickets by the Boston Police? They could wind up hindering the convention because other folks trying to do work for the DNC wouldn't cross their picket lines.
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North Station police picketing

Postby Ron Newman » Thu Jun 10, 2004 7:18 am

I sometimes commute on the Fitchburg line from Porter Square to North Station. When I walked out of the FleetCenter east entrance around 9:35 Tuesday morning, the police union picket line was entirely blocking the sidewalk on the north side of Causeway Street. You had to walk all the way out into the street to get by it.
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Postby Stephen » Thu Jun 10, 2004 8:23 am

Getting back to caduceus' earlier question, does anyone know the status of the Budd cars at the BET?
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Postby jwhite07 » Thu Jun 10, 2004 5:23 pm

Still where they were spotted when they were brought down from Billerica, untouched. You can see them from the Orange Line.
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Postby Stephen » Fri Jun 11, 2004 3:58 pm

Yeah, jwhite07, I've seen them recently, I am just wondering if there are other plans for them since they weren't used at North Station. Are the for sale again? Maybe for scrap or reuse?
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