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A day riding the Boston T Commuter Trains 6/26/2015

by Chris Guenzler

Robin and I got up at the Best Western in Chelmsford and then drove to the Alewife Red Line Subway Station which we would be taking to Park Street to transfer to the Green Line to North Station. I would spend my day riding the Boston T Commuter trains getting new rail mileage on all trips. While Robin looks around Boston, I will ride out to Rockport and back then make a roundtrip to Fitchburg before taking the subway to South Station.There I would rejoin him later in the day to ride the CapeFlyer this evening. We paid the parking fee then bought our Charlie Card Day Pass for the trip. Now we followed the signs to the train.

The Red Line train at Park where I transferred to the Green Line to get me to North Station.

A Green Line light rail train took me two stops to North Station.

The Green Line train leaves North Station. I bought my tickets for my two round trips then had some Dunkin' Donuts Maple Donuts for my breakfast. I watched the train board.

The North Station train board.

About ten minutes before departure time they put the Gate number up and you walk out to the train. I like Metrolink's way of just having the same track assigned to their train every day at LAUPT versus this method. I first walked out for a picture of my train.

The Boston T has their newest motive power on some of the trains at North Station.

My train for Rockport and I boarded the bi-level car for my first ride of the day. Sit back and relax as I take you all the way to Rockport.

The train has arrived in Rockport. This is the most scenic line of all the MTBA lines out of Boston on a daily basis. I detrained for some pictures.

The platform at Rockport.

.The train at Rockport. On the return trip the conductor squeezed us all into a low level car and would not let us use the car I rode out on until Beverly. Just before Beverly he chastised me for wanting to move. The other passengers were really upset at him for doing that to me. His excuse was that he was working this train alone. I had a quiet trip after that to North Station. Back in Boston I detrained for a few more pictures.

The new and some of the old.

My train that returned me from Rockport. I went into the station and had lunch. Then I got on-line thanks to the free wi-fi from the Boston Garden above the station. I uploaded one of my story and then just checked the things on the Internet, Then I got up, unplugged the computer and went station board watching for the train to Fitchburg. I then boarded he train to my next new destination of Fitchburg. Sit back and view a few things on the way to Fitchburg.

A few pictures on the way to Fitchburg. I detrained for some pictures.

The train at Fitchburg.

My motive power for this trip.

One more picture before I reboarded the train to return to North Station.

The train pulling in to North Station. It had been mostly a great day of riding MTBA commuter trains on two new routes for me. I took the Green Line to Park and the Red Line two stops to South Station. I walked in and found Robin sitting at a table waiting for me to arrive.