Pictures from Boston visit - 8/12/14

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Pictures from Boston visit - 8/12/14

Postby Bill D » Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:02 am

I was in Boston Tuesday, and had the opportunity to photograph commuter rail and rapid transit equipment at several locations. Here are links to the photos:

Commuter rail: https://www.flickr.com/photos/billonthehill2001/sets/72157646010894768/

Rapid transit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/billonthehill2001/sets/72157646010535558/

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Re: Pictures from Boston visit - 8/12/14

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:05 pm

Thanks for sharing Bill!
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Re: Pictures from Boston visit - 8/12/14

Postby Literalman » Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:01 pm

Nice pictures! To me, those Hawker-Siddeley blue line cars are the new cars. :-) When I lived in Massachusetts, they replaced cars built in the 1950s and the 1920s. Now they want to retire them after only about 35 years of service? ;-)
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Re: Pictures from Boston visit - 8/12/14

Postby deathtopumpkins » Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:21 pm

Literalman wrote:Nice pictures! To me, those Hawker-Siddeley blue line cars are the new cars. :-) When I lived in Massachusetts, they replaced cars built in the 1950s and the 1920s. Now they want to retire them after only about 35 years of service? ;-)


The Hawker Siddeley blue line cars are already all long gone. I believe all were retired by 2011, after the T finished accepting all the new Siemens cars.

A few inoperable ones are still on the property though, I believe.


Very nice set of pics Bill, nice job catching both an Amtrak ACS-64 and one of the T's two MP36's at Ruggles!
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Re: Pictures from Boston visit - 8/12/14

Postby Slushbucket » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:03 pm

deathtopumpkins wrote:
Literalman wrote:Nice pictures! To me, those Hawker-Siddeley blue line cars are the new cars. :-) When I lived in Massachusetts, they replaced cars built in the 1950s and the 1920s. Now they want to retire them after only about 35 years of service? ;-)


The Hawker Siddeley blue line cars are already all long gone. I believe all were retired by 2011, after the T finished accepting all the new Siemens cars.

A few inoperable ones are still on the property though, I believe.


According to the NETransit page, only two depowered H-S Blue Line cars (0616-0617) remain in Boston at the security training facility. 0622-0623 were donated to Seashore, and 0652-0653 are at the US DOT facility at Pueblo. The rest were most likely cut up and cannibalized to keep the Orange Line H-S cars going.
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Re: Pictures from Boston visit - 8/12/14

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:00 pm

I believe they are in fact all gone, sans the ones mentioned else where. I live near the yard and watched it happen. I have not seen one in years over there.
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Re: Pictures from Boston visit - 8/12/14

Postby Gerry6309 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:04 pm

Picture 214 is interesting. Either the lighting was odd, or the MBTA changed paint formulas. The orange is definitely lighter than the other cars.

As for the comment on the Blue Line cars, there is very little difference between the No. 4 and No. 5 cars when viewed end on. Siemens used Hawker's cross section exactly. The side view .points out the differences. The St. Louis and Pullman cars were very different from the Hawkers and each other.

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