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Location of Green Line picture

Postby The EGE » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:20 pm

Alright folks, here's a challenge. It's a Green Line train, somewhere in Boston, in 2001. I've conversed with the author and he's not sure where he took it.

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The rollsign is tantalizingly close to being readable, but I can't actually get anything off it. The gravel and pavement (platform?) makes me think B Branch, but I can't place the building. Anyone got any ideas?
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby diburning » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:41 pm

Rollsign says E Lechmere with a line through the E.

No idea on the building. I thought the street lamp seen through the window would give some clues, but they have changed streetlamp styles since then.
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby Arborway » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:08 am

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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby Rbts Stn » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:44 am

If it weren't for the passenger, I'd say it could be in the Cleveland Circle/Reservoir yard, with the building being the back of one of the triple deckers on Strathmore Road
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby CRail » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:24 am

Going from the building in the background, I'm leaning towards Arborway's suggestion. The picture is not at a station however, because there's nothing but ballast between the track and a piece of pavement visible in the lower right hand corner with what looks to be a small piece of a parking space line at the very end. The other track is visible just to the right of the truck, indicating that the train is traveling rightwards. Still, I vote the location suggested by Arborway, because I'm unsure of what that station looked like or where it was exactly located in 2001.
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby The EGE » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:12 pm

Google Earth's historic imagery tab reveals that in 2001, Northeastern was a small asphalt stub just northeast of Opera Place. Its modern site, between Opera Place and Forsyth Street, was.... a big patch of gravel.

The building seen above the car matches the huge glass Northeastern University building, and the bit seen above the articulated section matches the Law Library.

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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby SM89 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:27 pm

Why is the outside facing part of the rollsign just green with the T sign on it? Was that a common sight back then?
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby sery2831 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:06 pm

It was Green with a T on both sides of that sign. Half the order of the Type 7s came with hand cranked signs and the other half came with motorized signs. I forget, but I think the manual signed cars only had two side signs and the motorized ones came with four side signs. There is a rollsign thread if you would like to discuss this in detail. All the cars were converted to motorized signage before the conversion to LCD signs.
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby 3rdrail » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:47 pm

I think that Arborway is close but I don't think that we're looking towards the Northeastern gym. I think that we may be looking northerly on Huntington at Forsyth towards Qdoba. On Bing, that's about the only thing that I can see that's got that tell-tale bright red stucco color on it (awning). (When you think about it, if the car is signed for the E, there's only about less than a mile that it most likely could be, that being anywhere from the NU Portal to Brigham Circle as that's where the private reservation ends and the street running begins.)
Edit - On looking at Qdoba on Bing, I don't think that that's where we are. That building is a much smaller building than what you'd see around Northeastern. Looks more like the Highland Branch to me. Mis-signed ?
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby Teamdriver » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:33 pm

How about Comm Ave @ Granby street, near Bu and maybe the old Burger King. The building across the street on Comm ave could be that one that is in the background of the picture.
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby 3rdrail » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:49 pm

One thing that hasn't been mentioned here is that this ROW is up on an embankment, thus ruling out most locations. To me, this has a Brookliney-Newton feel. I think that we're on the D. Brookline Village ?
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby The EGE » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:03 pm

Not Brookline Village - nothing that matches the rooflines. That why I'm convinced of the Northeastern location - the rooflines of two buildings match. I went through the whole D branch before posting this, and nowhere is there a matching building.
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby BandM4266 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:20 am

It looks like it could be on the BC line somewere between Sutherland and Chiswick stations
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Re: Location of Green Line picture

Postby 3rdrail » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:40 am

It's someplace where the ROW rises such as from ground level to it's own ROW. Riverside Station, Lechmere Station come to mind.
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