|The Massachusetts Bay
Transportation Authority in Boston certainly is a
historic transit agency. It has been around since 1897,
when a short length of subway was opened downtown.
Originally known as the Boston Elevated Railway, then the
Metropolitan Transit Authority, before finally acquiring
its present name, the "T" has progressed from
running streetcars to operating a large network of
trolleys, subways, buses, commuter rail, and even
commuter boats. The area served by the MBTA extends far
beyond the Boston city limits. Currently, many upgrades
are being added as part of the ongoing "Big
Dig" city construction project, including a new bus
line that has its own tunnels and stations. Also, many of
the ancient subway stations are being rebuilt to meet
Modeling the MBTA has always been difficult. Correct models of MBTA equipment are seldom made, and the prototypes are mostly unique among other transit agencies. Though my MBTA model collection is small, I am constantly researching possibilities so that someday, when I have the time and money, I can add to my fleet. I intend to share my findings and suggestions here, along with prototype photographs and information.
Use the link buttons above to vist the Prototype and Model areas of my MBTA section.