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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby diburning » Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:41 pm

MBTA3247 wrote:Service on the A line was discontinued in 1969 due to a self-induced car shortage (the T was in the habit of scrapping cars that needed major repairs back then). An act of the state legislature (sponsored by whoever represented Newton) forced the T to finally abandon the line in 1994, with track removal occurring in the late '90s. In between, the T kept the line maintained enough so that cars could access Watertown Carhouse, which was still used for some maintenance. At various times, several of the Boeing LRVs were equipped with trolley poles so they could drag other LRVs to Watertown.


The carhouse still stands and there are trolley wires going into the stalls for the temporary storage of the trackless trolleys (trolley buses). The bus route 57 was a "temporary" solution to the problem and it still runs on the original A-line route today. If you look at Oak Square, there is a big green island in the middle of the square. There used to be a loop at Oak Square for short turn cars and where the YMCA is now, was the Oak Square car barn. The new Dunkin Donuts across the street from the YMCA decided to pay tribute to the heritage of the area and put up old photos of the car barn, the A line, as well as various trolleys that have been used on that line (check it out!)
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby 3rdrail » Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:28 pm

diburning wrote: The new Dunkin Donuts across the street from the YMCA decided to pay tribute to the heritage of the area and put up old photos of the car barn, the A line, as well as various trolleys that have been used on that line (check it out!)


That's a nice touch. Reminds me of a discussion that we recently had about the fact that nobody commemorated Forest Hills' 100th. I'd go out of my way to patronize that Dunkies, which I intend to do. If any of you go also, make a point of remarking to the manager that you appreciate it and that you are there because of their tribute to the trolleys. :-D
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby danib62 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:01 am

MBTA3247 wrote: At various times, several of the Boeing LRVs were equipped with trolley poles so they could drag other LRVs to Watertown.

If by several you mean 2 then I totally agree with you.
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby sery2831 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:33 am

More than 2 LRVs were pole equipped... But WAY off topic! 3417 was the last LRV to have poles.
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby RailBus63 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:28 am

3400 and 3402 were the original two pole-equipped Boeing LRV's. After one or both of these cars were removed from service, several other cars were equipped with poles including 3417, but I'm not sure if there were ever more than two of these cars in service at any one time.
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby 3rdrail » Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:42 pm

Here's the 3402 LRV and CLRV 4031 on a BSRA Fan Trip, both equipped with poles.

http://naphotos.nerail.org/showpic/?200 ... V&BOOL=ANY
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:59 pm

Speaking of vintage/not-so-vintage transit maps, there's one on the wall at North Station Green Line outbound showing all of the "temporarily suspended" individual Arborway stops, and the Forest Hills OL transfer. Same as the old bolt-on ones at Hynes, Park, GC, and other occasional spots where the line is white with green outline, except this map is a 2004-vintage new one, poster-behind-glass. Exact replica of the '90-91 circa bolt-ons, but it's even in the slightly newer font they've been using the last several years. Amusing. Hope they skip that station on the map swap-outs since the ones there are already so new. This one would be a real gas if it lasts awhile.
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby diburning » Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:42 pm

3rdrail wrote:
diburning wrote: The new Dunkin Donuts across the street from the YMCA decided to pay tribute to the heritage of the area and put up old photos of the car barn, the A line, as well as various trolleys that have been used on that line (check it out!)


That's a nice touch. Reminds me of a discussion that we recently had about the fact that nobody commemorated Forest Hills' 100th. I'd go out of my way to patronize that Dunkies, which I intend to do. If any of you go also, make a point of remarking to the manager that you appreciate it and that you are there because of their tribute to the trolleys. :-D


Let me know when you come on by. I live a walking distance from there :-D
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby 3rdrail » Wed Dec 23, 2009 11:49 pm

OK - will do.
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby Carfare » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:45 am

F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:this map is a 2004-vintage new one, poster-behind-glass. Exact replica of the '90-91 circa bolt-ons, but it's even in the slightly newer font they've been using the last several years.


I was intrigued by this, & went looking shortly after the post. The only maps I saw were the 20 year old ones, with the plastic (glass?) covering over them without the newer inserts inside the plastic.
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Re: Vintage rapid transit maps

Postby DaveCantor » Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:36 pm

3rdrail wrote:Not maps per se, but I thought that you might enjoy these three metal order of station signs from the three lines in my collection;

1954 Revere Extension (Blue Line):
... oad009.jpg

1928 Cambridge-Dorchester Line (Red Line):
... d007-2.jpg

1919 Main Line (Orange Line):
... oad010.jpg

......


Pity that the order of station photos that 3rdrail posted don't link to anything now.
Does anyone have scans of them?
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