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The Lost Station at Northeastern

Postby rhodiecub2 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:50 pm

Has anyone heard of a lost station at Northeastern? Was this supposed to be an underground when they intended to put the "E" line underground on Huntington Ave? I saw this information about this supposed lost station on this website.

https://www.thrillist.com/lifestyle/boston/the-most-insane-abandoned-places-in-massachusetts
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Re: The Lost Station at Northeastern

Postby dieciduej » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:27 pm

Yes and No!

The ramp for the Huntington Ave subway was built out of wooden beams over an open pit. This was done for a possible extension of the subway tunnel further down Huntington Ave. The shell of the subway walls were built as far as the southern end of today's Northeastern Station.

Ref: BSRA Bulletin 23, "Streetcar Lines of the Hub - The 1940's Heyday of Electric Transit in Boston" pg 96

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Re: The Lost Station at Northeastern

Postby jwhite07 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:54 am

The pit was filled in and the trestle removed sometime in the early 80s in anticipation of future operation of Type 7s on the Huntington Avenue line, because the Type 7 was much heavier than previous streetcar designs (85,000 lb vs 67,000 lb for a Boeing LRV and ~40,000 lb for a PCC).
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Re: The Lost Station at Northeastern

Postby BandA » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:54 pm

[OT] why are the Type-7s so much heavier than an LRV?
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Re: The Lost Station at Northeastern

Postby MBTA3247 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:07 pm

My guess would be higher crash-worthiness standards.
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Re: The Lost Station at Northeastern

Postby jwhite07 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:34 am

My guess would be higher crash-worthiness standards.


Could be that in part, yes. Bear in mind the weight of an SLRV I quoted was as-built per spec sheet, not modded with Sutrak or Vapor AC units or anything else done to them over the years.

The Type 7 is also another generation in technology and thus a much more complex vehicle than the SLRV. All that technology is fed by computers, modules, electrical wire, and stuff, and all of that stuff has weight. A lot of weight, once you consider there are MILES of wiring in an SLRV and probably twice as much or more than that in a Type 7.
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