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MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby type 7 3704 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:43 pm

I saw this today on the T's home page.
http://mbta.com/about_the_mbta/?id=22642

Sounds interesting. Anyone signing up for one?
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Re: MBTA offering free behind the scenes tours

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:55 pm

Uhm... HECK. YES. :)

Definitely want to go for A. I requested B as a back up, and said if I couldn't get either, that I would like C. :P
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Re: MBTA offering free behind the scenes tours

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:03 pm

I signed up for B.
Although C would be good as well.
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Re: MBTA offering free behind the scenes tours

Postby BandM4266 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:16 am

I signed up for A with a Backup of C.
I would not mind seeing the machine shop since I am a Machinist myself and would like to see just what they have for equipment.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby sery2831 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:23 am

As someone who does not work for the T and has been to all three places(one of which I work at), here are my thoughts.

High Street, this is a must see for the transit fan that wants to know how the system works.

BET, this is a must for the Commuter Rail fan that wants to get up close with locomotives. They will more than likely give a tour of a locomotive cab and tell you how the engines work.

Everett, this by far is probably the best behind the scenes tour they are offering. There is a lot of history in that shop, and they do far more than you can imagine. It is the main bus shop, it is the sign shop, and motor shop for the transit fleet. Also there are some Type 8 shells you may get to see out back. This is my pick, but as someone that goes in BET 5 days a week I guess I am slightly biased.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby SM89 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:12 am

I went on a trip with my college's ITE to operations at High Street. It was pretty interesting, but we just stood in a room with windows overlooking the area and someone from the T explained what was going on.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby Amtrak7 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:44 pm

Note the 10 person maximum for each tour!
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby danib62 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:49 am

I put in for A and B. I have a personal connection who can give me a tour of C (though I haven't had a chance to take them up on it yet).
"We are running with normal train service on the Red Line. We apologize for the inconvenience."
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:43 am

If I understand C correctly, the shops in Everett is where they can truck over any line's cars for more extensive repairs or damage repairs? It said it was the main subway facility, but I never knew anything but buses were there.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby danib62 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:56 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:If I understand C correctly, the shops in Everett is where they can truck over any line's cars for more extensive repairs or damage repairs? It said it was the main subway facility, but I never knew anything but buses were there.

From what I understand (but I could be wrong) is that they can truck over whole cars but most of the time the crews at Everett will work on parts of cars that are trucked over such as the trucks and motors.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby sery2831 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:21 pm

Subway/ Trolley cars are no longer brought over there. They just do parts and trucks(wheel sets/motors). In the past via connections on the system they were able to bring cars from the system there. They only rail vehicles that are there are the Type 8 shells that were never finished and one wrecked Type 8 for parts.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby danib62 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:37 pm

Has anyone who emailed in heard back yet?
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:51 pm

Nope not yet,
But fingers crossed.
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby ck4049 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:39 pm

I have seen B & C, maybe I should do A!
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Re: MBTA Offering Free Behind the Scenes Tours

Postby saulblum » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:17 pm

I just received the following e-mail.

Hi

Thank you very much for your interest in the T Opens its Doors Pilot Program.
I received your request and due to the overwhelming interest of customers wanting to visit our facilities all tours filled up in the first two days of our announcement. Please know that I have started a waiting list and will contact you as soon as I identify more tour dates.

Again thank you for wanting to see what we do behind the scenes.

Lydia Rivera


I sent the e-mail the same afternoon the link was posted on the T's web site.
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