Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby 3rdrail » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:25 pm

Agreed. I'd have to say that of all the Boston neighborhoods, it seems as if Southie, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Roslindale have always received the least public transit service of any type. Even West Roxbury with three commuter rail stations and one-square-mile Charlestown did better with the El. Roxbury and Dorchester have to be on top. This would be my list in descending order;
DOWNTOWN
WEST END
ROXBURY
DORCHESTER
NORTH END
ROXBURY CROSSING
JAMAICA PLAIN
CHARLESTOWN
WEST ROXBURY
FENWAY
EAST BOSTON
SOUTH END
HYDE PARK
MATTAPAN
ROSLINDALE
SOUTHIE
MATTAPAN
READVILLE
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby Teamdriver » Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:58 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:I think it serves as the present day border between JP and Roxbury, but I'm not familiar with the area.

Urbey You mean to say you had never been to "Ribs on Wheels ' in Jackson square? Surely you jest!
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby Teamdriver » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:11 am

jaymac wrote:...to continue with the off-topic, rubber-tired, and chain-drive remembrances, let's not forget Walter Snow Fighters, no small number of which carried MTA identification...

Indeed I havent forgotten them , but for those that dont remember : Walter also towed, Dump is Sterling chain drive ( from M Redman collection )
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby 3rdrail » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:48 am

Weren't the Walters Chain-Drives used as MTA wreckers also, TD ? I believe that I saw them used to pull Macks and I know that wreckers were used to tow streetcars also. Oh, the good ol' days, a cutie on your shoulder from the Arbeiter near Jackson Square headed for the Asticou parking lot with a pit stop at Ribs on Wheels afterwards- all to the whoosh of Budds and the whine of Alco-PA's on the Main Line.
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby Teamdriver » Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:01 pm

Indeed my Rail, It is my recollection of seeing the Walter towing an old trackless trolley on Washington street one day near Capone's drug store. Arbeiter club huh. You sure you werent whooshing to Schlitz and not the Budd's? In fact , back to Walter, I think they had service bodies for the overhead wire maintenance. I may be wrong but somehow that image is etched into my memory lane.
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby jaymac » Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:52 pm

The Walters were tall enough that it wouldn't have taken much of a superstructure for wire work. If it wasn't Walters, it was something very much like them that serviced and later stripped wire on the routes that got buses.
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby 3rdrail » Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:22 pm

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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby jaymac » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:26 am

...and not one wire truck in that New York collection? Dag!
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby Teamdriver » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:29 am

J , as you lamented about the Walter, both Rail and i worked our fingers to the bone to find some for you. The results are the best we can do, unless there is a private stash of pictures somewhere, maybe the MTA still has a brochure about them, or a line ticket , left over from when they purchased them in a hidden archive. Too bad it wasnt a Mack B , plenty of pics of those everywhere.............
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby Leo Sullivan » Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:48 am

Here's a few
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby jaymac » Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:45 am

Wow! Here a Walter, there a Walter, everywhere a Walter! And they get to spend their Summer on the South Shore! Well, the South Shore of the Mystic, anyways.
Thanks, one and all, for all the reminders of winter when they're really needed!
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby Teamdriver » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:41 am

Leo,

Sweet picture. Any idea where it is from? The border says ' Chsn Yard ' . Is that C-town?
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby MarkB » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:44 pm

@ 3rdrail - at one time, the Boston-Providence rail line had commuter service with stops in Roslindale and Hyde Park, and the West Roxbury line had/has a stop right at Rosi square and also had the Bellevue stop at the edge of West Roxbury.
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby Leo Sullivan » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:18 pm

TD
All those Walters were in the Arlington Ave Equipment yard.at the end of Arlington
Avenue in Charlestown, behind the present bus garage.. In the old days, rapid Transit work cars mingled with surface work cars and railroad cars in that yard. Here's a picture nearer the railroad, showing the interchanges on the left and the old
B&M drawbridge in the background
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Re: Southwest Corridor, then and now.....

Postby Teamdriver » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:41 pm

Another sweet picture! That must have been where the igloo's are now & the construction shops are, Thanx Leo !
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