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Postby CRail » Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:00 am

Northampton station (Washington St. El) has them currently (at seashore), I dont think they are in their original locations, but I doubt they were made for the station to be moved.
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Postby savebowdoin » Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:48 am

I believe most, if not all, of the Washington Street el stations did have the new signs installed, as it was to remain in service considerably longer than the Charlestown EL. Granted, they didn't "pimp them out" like they did other stations, as judging by photos I've seen they just placed station name portions every so often, and not the full strip with blank panels and such that most stations got.

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Postby Arborwayfan » Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:56 pm

One of the El stations had wooden signs painted to look like the one's we're talking about. I think it was Green Street. I don't know if they were new or if they just had the old signs painted over.

One of my friends in high school was an Egleston, and he had a sign from Egleston station in his bedroom after the line was demolished. I guess he just wrote in and asked for it. It was one of the standard orange and white enamel signs.
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Postby Ron Newman » Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:03 pm

I wonder what happened to all of the North Station Green Line signs after that el was demolished in 2004.
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:09 pm

There were non-standard painted wooden signs at Mattapan and Valley Road on the High-Speed Trolley line that were red with white lettering... but they did not follow the usual MBTA graphic standards... but they did communicate that they were part of a Red Line shuttle...

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Postby MBTA3247 » Mon Jan 22, 2007 2:44 pm

Otto Vondrak wrote:There were non-standard painted wooden signs at Mattapan and Valley Road on the High-Speed Trolley line that were red with white lettering... but they did not follow the usual MBTA graphic standards... but they did communicate that they were part of a Red Line shuttle...

The Valley Road one was still there when they shut the line down last summer. I'll have to check if it's still there at some point when it's above freezing. :wink:
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Postby Charles_Bowdoin » Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:09 pm

You guys are right, here's Dudley Sq. Orange with the modern MBTA signage...
http://naphotos.nerail.org/showpic/?photo=2006052423091117878.jpg&byrail%3A107%3AMBTA
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Postby rhodiecub2 » Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:17 pm

Charles_Bowdoin wrote:You guys are right, here's Dudley Sq. Orange with the modern MBTA signage...
http://naphotos.nerail.org/showpic/?photo=2006052423091117878.jpg&byrail%3A107%3AMBTA


Wow! that is such a cool photo. I saw the signage and the maps in there. Did the doors open on both sides on the inbound platform?
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Postby MACTRAXX » Wed Feb 14, 2007 5:34 pm

Everyone: I have always found MBTAs signage interesting. they-as many know-are predominately made of porcelain enamel and were in short made to last. I wonder if the MBTA - like what is done sometimes in NYC by the NY Transit Museum ever sells any surplus signs and graphics. The porcelain signs are heavy,easy to clean and take care of if it is correctly done and are expensive to make. I remember the old Washington Street el-I wondered what the MBTA would do to the signs removed from the stations during demolition. Those porcelain maps were colorful also-I recall the ones that had the color line map but were mostly without station names-Was that used in some sort of directional way? MACTRAXX
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Postby Charles_Bowdoin » Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:35 pm

Thanks rhodie, I agree!

MACTRAXX: I have no idea. It would be really nice if they did, but I don't think they do right now. Let's introduce the idea to Grasbuskas! I'm sure he's like the extra money.
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Postby rhodiecub2 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:40 pm

When did the T start replacing the old maps, the ones like these http://members.aol.com/ssejce/maps/76mbta.gif to the current ones shown in this picture, http://www.vanshnookenraggen.com/Future ... ket007.jpg
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Postby Ron Newman » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:05 pm

the first map shows the T before about 1981 -- no Alewife, no Braintree, the Orange Line still running through Dudley. So some time after that.
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Postby rhodiecub2 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 2:41 pm

Were there any stations that had this map? http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanshnooke ... 460286528/
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Postby Ron Newman » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:58 pm

presumably for a very short time in the 1980s. Harvard/Brattle was a temporary station used only during part of construction of the Red Line extension.
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Postby Fred Rabin » Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:15 pm

What's shown on that map as "Harvard" was actually Harvard-Holyoke, another temporary station. I'm told that its remains can be seen but I have not been able to do it.
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