Globe: 100th Anniversary of Summer St. Trolley Disaster

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Globe: 100th Anniversary of Summer St. Trolley Disaster

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:29 pm

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/ ... story.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/ ... story.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/ ... story.html


The Globe ran an extensive special in today's Sunday paper on the approaching centennial anniversary of the Nov. 7, 1916 BERy streetcar accident in which a full City Point streetcar en route to South Station plunged off the open Summer St. drawbridge, killing 46. Extremely well-done spread with lots of pictures and bios of the victims, as well as an animated re-creation of how the accident happened.
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Re: Globe: 100th Anniversary of Summer St. Trolley Disaster

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:20 pm

I read it last night. It was very well done. I then went an looked up more on the history of 393. As the story points out, it was converted t a wrecker in 1920.

After that, does anyone else know what happened to 393? I am guessing it was eventually scraped. Was it renumbered when it was a wrecker?
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Re: Globe: 100th Anniversary of Summer St. Trolley Disaster

Postby dieciduej » Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:47 am

Adams_Umass_Boston wrote:After that, does anyone else know what happened to 393? I am guessing it was eventually scraped. Was it renumbered when it was a wrecker?


As far as my references "Street Cars of Boston Volume 1 by O.R. Cummings" it remained as 393 throughout it's life after being converted to a wrecker in 1920. There appears to be no info on when it was scrapped.

The late 3rdrail, Paul Joyce, had a thread on the disaster "The worst trolley disaster in the United States" (http://railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=76302#p865140).

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Re: Globe: 100th Anniversary of Summer St. Trolley Disaster

Postby Rbts Stn » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:00 pm

The writer is the son of a friend of mine. Great kid growing up and he turned into a pretty darn good writer.
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Re: Globe: 100th Anniversary of Summer St. Trolley Disaster

Postby highgreen215 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:51 am

A sister car to 393, restored 396 is at Seashore Trolley Museum.
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Re: Globe: 100th Anniversary of Summer St. Trolley Disaster

Postby wilhelmh » Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:39 pm

I walked down to the bridge this evening after work. I was a little curious to see if any other railfans might have had the same idea, but apparently not. Just cars, buses, trucks, cyclists, and pedestrians hurrying by, all likely unaware of what unfolded beneath their feet all those years ago. And so it goes...
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Re: Globe: 100th Anniversary of Summer St. Trolley Disaster

Postby The EGE » Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:43 pm

BPD sent two officers to throw 46 roses into the channel - very classy of them to do so. Myself and several others - separately - made our way to the wreck site at 5:25.
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