Small explosion reported @ North Station on Green Line

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Small explosion reported @ North Station on Green Line

Postby CSX Conductor » Sat Aug 07, 2004 9:12 pm

Fox 25 news is reporting that the Green Line North Station was evacuated after a small explosion was reported shortly before 9:00 this evening. Police and Fire Depts are investigating the cause of the explosion. Supposedly a section of catenary wire or a pantograph fell to the ground while a trolley was in the station.
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Postby AEM7AC920 » Sat Aug 07, 2004 11:05 pm

This can't be good :( Hope no one was hurt.
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sat Aug 07, 2004 11:24 pm

wow, thats amazing how many volts supply the trolleys in the tunnels?
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Postby Nasadowsk » Sat Aug 07, 2004 11:26 pm

Sounds like something got grounded. This happens on the NYC subway every now and then, generally like an umbrella or something someone tossed off the platform. *boom* Everyone freaks and the media goes nuts. Gee, what do you expect happens when you dead short a 600V line with a few thousand amps backing it up?

Given the Green line's catenary, I guess it wasn't an umbrella :)

New Haven station is fun when they do a pan drop on the Metro-North cars. Especially if it's drizzly out. People freak for some reason. 13,000 volts arcing a foot or so from the pan to the wire. It's really cool.

Anyway, I never understood why people act as if this is some major thing going on - sure it's startling, but that's why there are circuit breakers, etc on this stuff...
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Postby willfh » Sun Aug 08, 2004 5:18 am

the overhead wire cam down on top of a train, no injuries

Postby Robert Paniagua » Sun Aug 08, 2004 8:13 am

Glad no one was hurt, and not to mention, even the Blue Line could be prone as well, citing its overhead wire operations too.

Now, is the car in question gonna be damaged long-term?
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Postby MBTA1 » Sun Aug 08, 2004 1:33 pm

Channel 5 reported that 2 MBTA officials were treated with smoke in hailation.

Postby CSX Conductor » Sun Aug 08, 2004 4:47 pm

Hey Nasadowsk, here's another one for ya.........drop a metal coat hanger from a subway platform onto the 3rd rail..........sizzle sizzle :wink:
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smoke inhalation

Postby willfh » Mon Aug 09, 2004 6:23 am

2 were transported, I believe operator.

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