went to Seashore in 2008, they acquired several interesting pieces of
equipment. They included a MBTA Boeing LRV, an ex Edmonton BBC trolleybus, a set
of Blue line Hawkers like what I rode on my 2008 Boston trip, former Hamilton
Street Railways GM Articulated bus #518203 and a former New Jersey Transit PCC
streetcar. They also acquired a couple pieces of equipment from Trolleyville
Former HSR GM articulated #518203 is one of several pieces of equipment to go to Seashore post 2008.
planning on returning to
I got to
I saw there
was a long cue line waiting to board. At one point, I was standing behind a man
in a skirt! Boarding soon commenced. I was seated in Amfleet 2 coach #25082. I
saw the Northlander arrive a couple tracks over led by GP38 #1805, the last
GP38 in Ontario Northland's older Chevron livery. I also saw VIA train 86
The train as VIA 97 departed on time. We were passed by several GO trains.
A VIA train
with a P42 and LRC coaches raced past, but I was unable to film it. Outside of
Mimico, I filmed the equipment that would become today's train 85 to
The people asked me if I knew how to use the Wi-Fi on this train. Since this is an Amtrak train, VIA's Wi-Fi which is used on other corridor trains doesn't work.
was taken. A little while later, the cafe car opened. We stopped at
I was given
a customs form to fill out. The train stopped at
I watched Unstoppable
as we approached
minutes later, the train departed. We crossed into the
After several minutes, customs came on and inspected the passengers. The agent who interviewed me was okay. Another scanned my passport. I was okay, but at least 12 other people in my coach had to go inside the station for further processing.
While I was waiting, I watched a pair of CSX GP15s doing some switching. At some points, I saw them kicking cars.
second ticket was taken, I saw an Alco switcher at a factory. I headed to the
cafe car for lunch. The train stopped at
East of Depew, we caught up to the CSX intermodal and passed it. We passed a railway yard where I saw an Alco road switcher doing some switching but I was unable to photograph it.
A little while later, a CSX reefer train passed led by two Union Pacific locomotives. I decided to walk to the coach in front of mine and saw it was Amfleet 2 coach #25100 which was the coach I rode in on the Three Rivers! This was the first time since that trip that I had crossed paths with that coach. We passed a couple freights including a ballast train. I also saw a trespasser walking on the tracks next to my train.
We passed a
railway yard. We were soon out of the
We picked up speed after awhile. We passed a westbound CSX freight. Later, we passed a small yard and a CSX intermodal.
Amtrak train 281 passed on the opposite side of the train, so I was unable to film it.
When I saw
I had cell phone reception, I called Julie and found out we would be about 41
minutes late. At this time, this was about 12 from the time Julie said train 64
would arrive into
We passed a
small airfield. About 10 minutes from
I then photographed a CSX intermodal with five locomotives.
I filmed the Maple Leaf departing before I went into the station. I found out the next bus would be leaving in more than 15 minutes, so I took a taxi to my hotel.
in and got settled in my room. I phoned home and let my dad know I was in
I caught Orion 5 CNG #9966 to the Carousel Centre. I got off and photographed the bus.
I had dinner in the food court and looked around the mall for awhile. I then caught the bus back to my hotel. I watched TV for awhile. I went out to a nearby gas station and bought some milk. I asked for a wake-up call at . I watched some more TV and eventually called it a night.
I got up at and got dressed. I went to the lobby for breakfast. After, I went back to my room and finished packing. I watched a little TV before. I called Julie and found the Lakeshore Limited was running on time. I checked out of my hotel and walked to the nearby bus stop because I thought the bus would come by . However, no bus showed up. I began to wonder if I had to walk several blocks again to pick up the bus. I eventually called a cab to pick me up at the Hess gas station near my hotel. I also called Julie and found the Lakeshore was now two minutes late.
The cab showed up just before . I knew I still had some time. However I had been fretting that I would miss the Lakeshore again like on my Washington-Cleveland trip. During the ride, I told the driver I had been to the Carousel Centre and he said it was going to be expanded. I asked if it would be bigger than the West Edmonton Mall. He said yes. I asked if it would get a roller coaster. He said they might as well as hotels and a boat dock, but he said he'd believe it when he sees it.
I also heard that Amtrak may build its own line to reduce delays by CSX, but I'd believe it when I see it!
We soon got to the station and I paid the driver. I went inside and found that the Lakeshore was 17 minutes late. I bought some chips and a bottle of fruit punch before I walked onto the platform.
and 448 arrived 15 minutes late. I filmed the train pulling in. I noticed that Amtrak
F40PH #406 was in the consist! 406 was repainted into the Phase 3 livery and is
part of Amtrak's 40th anniversary train that is touring the
I was seated in Amfleet 2 coach #25116. I got a window seat, even though Amtrak's website now said that the train was sold out. The train left at . I worked on this report some more. I then decided to go to the dining car for lunch.
The dining car was a Temoinsa refurbished diner, but they weren't taking any more reservations. That's a bad move for Amtrak. I ended up getting lunch in the lounge car. Train 63 passed but I was unable to film it.
A little while later, we overtook an eastbound CSX freight which was being led by a Ferromex unit.
A westbound CSX Intermodal train raced past. I went to the cafe car and stayed there until Amtrak train 281 passed and I managed to film part of it. I returned to my seat as we passed through Fonda. We passed a couple CSX freight trains.
stopped next to the Amtrak yard in
I saw the
three units reverse into the yard. I was right and 406 was uncoupled. The two
P42s were then coupled back onto the train. The
Power was restored
and we went to the
I got back
on the train. I gained a seatmate at
Another Amtrak train pulled into the track in between 48 and 448. I filmed it pulling in. Train 48 departed. Moments later, we left. As we split away from 48, I took some photos of it.
to my coach seat for a little before I went to the cafe car. I saw a freight
train pass. I bought the last milk they had and I stayed in the cafe car for
awhile until train 449 passed. When it passed, I filmed it. I returned to my
seat to work on this report some more. At one point, we passed through a
tunnel. A little while later, we crossed into
The train passed through a rock cut. I decided to watch a DVD. At one point, we passed a railway museum, but I was unable to film it.
West of Springfield, we passed through a major CSX yard. I saw a set of equipment called the “CSX Safety train” that had some cabooses and passenger cars. However, I was unable to film it.
The train stopped
I got back on the train and went to the cafe car. I photographed an Amtrak shuttle train that consisted of P42 #108, an Amfleet 1 coach, and a former Metroliner coach converted to a cab car.
dinner, I finished the DVD and resumed writing this trip report. The train
At one point, we passed a yard with a couple locomotives, a caboose, and an open end observation car. However, I was unable to film the yard.
The sun was starting to set. A few minutes later, we passed an area with lots of solar panels.
We passed a freight yard where I saw a CSX ballast train and another locomotive doing some switching.
an MBTA commuter train. Later, we passed a small freight yard and stopped at
Soon, it was almost completely dark. A CSX freight passed us. Later, another MBTA commuter train passed us.
I noticed the train made up a lot of time. The HEP in the train went out for a few seconds but came back on.
stopped at Boston Back Bay which is where I got off in 2008. However, on this
trip, I chose to stay elsewhere and I was staying on to Boston South Station.
The HEP went out again in
Train 448 actually arrived into Boston South Station on time! I got off and took some photos.
I then went inside the station and took a picture of Amtrak train 67 awaiting its departure. I had seen it when my train entered the station. I noticed it had a P42 leading instead of an electric.
I then went
to the Red line and bought a weekly pass. I then caught a red line train to
A few minutes later, I walked over to a donut store and bought some milk. I returned to my hotel and worked on this report some more. I watched some TV before I called it a night.
I got up
and got dressed. Today, I would be transit riding in and around
I went down to the lobby and asked if there were any restaurants nearby. He told me there were some places a few blocks away.
out and eventually bought some cereal and some milk from a gas station. I ate it on a park bench then walked back to
I boarded PCC 3254 and rode two stops and got off. I photographed the car and filmed it pulling away.
A few minutes later, PCC 3234 showed up and I rode it to Mattapan. Along the way, we passed PCC 3263. I took some photos and filmed the car going around the loop.
I saw PCC #3265 which looked like it was missing some parts. I don't know if it's retired or if it will be repaired in the future and run again. I photographed 3265.
Has PCC 3265 been retired?
PCC 3263 showed up. I photographed it and filmed it going around the loop before I got on.
My PCC passed #3234. I wondered where 3254 was. We got back to Ashmont. I got off the PCC and saw the MBTA employee who gave me trouble was still there. I went to another part of the station and photographed 3263 without incident. I filmed it going around the loop on my secondary camera. After 3263 left, 3254 showed up. I guessed I missed it. I took some photos of it and filmed it without incident.
I then got
on a red line train and rode to
I rode the
train all the way to
I caught a
glimpse of Boeing LRV #3542 in storage at the back of the yard. I also saw some
wrecked LRVs from various accidents. I knew that one of them was #3612 which is
I had video of on my 2008 trip to
I headed back to the station and took a couple more photographs of the Boeing work cars in the yard.
At Riverside station, I boarded a train and rode to Boylston. I was able to film the third Boeing LRV in the pocket track as we passed. I got off and took some photos of type 5 car #5734 and picture window PCC #3295.
My friend the late Ray Neilson actually got to drive 3295 on a charter back in 1994. At one point, both those cars could be chartered, but now they're isolated from the Green Line. Ironically, 3295 is younger than the PCCs on the Mattapan line!
I boarded a Green line train to Government Centre and transferred to the Blue line. When I was in Boston in 2008, they were running four car trains of both the old Hawker equipment and the newer cars. Since then, the older Hawkers were retired and they began running six car trains. I had learned the yard was near the Orient Heights station. I boarded a train and rode to Suffolk Downs. As we rode past the yard, I filmed it and caught a glimpse of some Hawkers.
At Suffolk Downs, I got off and filmed the train depart. I then caught an inbound train back to Orient Heights and got off. I noticed a public parking lot near the fence by the yard and I was able to walk along the fence to a point where I was able to get a shot of some of the Hawker trains in storage.
I then headed back to the station and rode a blue line train to Government Centre. I then transferred to a Green line train and rode to Park Street and transferred to the red line. I rode some older red line cars to Harvard and filmed the train leaving. I then caught a trolleybus on route 73 and rode it several blocks before I got off and photographed it.
I filmed the bus leaving and caught another back to Harvard. Just before the station, I got off and photographed RTS 0319. I then boarded RTS #0319 and rode several blocks before I got off and photographed and filmed it pulling away.
I then went into a store and bought something to drink and a snack. I then rode trolleybus #4111 on route 72 back to Harvard station. I photographed 4111.
I then rode the red line to Park Avenue. I then transferred to the Green line. I had noticed that MBTA was running buses between North station and Lechmere as a result of elevator construction at Science Park. I was curious to see what buses were running.
After I got to North Station, I went out and saw a line up of buses. RTS 0331 was leading a line up of buses. Besides 0331, there was one more RTS and a line of D40LFs. I boarded 0331 and rode to Lechmere. At Lechmere, I got off and took some photos.
Aside from being devoid of Green Line cars, Lechmere looked the same as it did in the DVD I have.
I eventually got back on 0331 and rode back to North Station. After I got off, I took some photos of RTSs.
I then got back on the Green line and rode to Park Avenue. I had dinner at a nearby McDonald's. After dinner, I rode the Red line back to Ashmont. I was once again going to ride the Mattapan line. Earlier when I was transferring between the Green and Blue lines, I saw a notice confirming that MBTA allows photography.
When I got to Ashmont, I saw the employee who gave me problems earlier was no longer there, so when PCC 3230 arrived, I photographed it without incident.
I rode 3230 to Mattapan and got off and photographed it.
I filmed it going around the loop and took some pictures of other PCCs in the yard.
I rode 3230 back to Ashmont and photographed it there and filmed it leaving.
Another patron asked if I was a tourist. I said yes. He asked if it was my first time to Boston. I told him it was my third, but I was only 3 when I first went to Boston and I don't remember my first visit.
I then boarded a red line train and rode to JFK/U Mass. I got off and left the station. I photographed a Crystal Transport D60LF that was laying over in a nearby supermarket parking lot.
I then headed back to the station and rode a Red line train to Braintree. I then went back to my hotel. When I got there, I discovered my room key wasn't working. Unlike Hotel Parc Avenue in Montreal, this was a key card. I went to the lobby and got it straightened out. I then went to my room and worked on this report some more as well as watching The Hangover on TV.
At one point, I went out and bought some milk at the convenience store I had bought breakfast earlier in the day. I went back to my hotel and asked for a wake-up call at 6:30 am. I worked on this report for a few more minutes before I took some Nytol and called it a night.
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