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Boston Commuter Rail and Transit - past and present
Many of the MBTA services date back to the Boston & Maine, New Haven, New York Central and Penn Central.
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Photo ID: 715460

In Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, Penn Central's CHICK Tower, formerly New Haven RR tower SS185, stood behind Northeastern University in what is now the general area of the MBTA's Ruggles station... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 7549
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: May, 1972


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Nov 06, 2019

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Photo ID: 713963

A Westbound Fitchburg commuter rail train pulls into the station in Ayer on a beautiful Columbus Day afternoon. ... (more)

Railroad: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Locomotive: MPI HSP-46
Location: Ayer, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: MBTA 2008
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 14, 2019


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By: Doug Boudrow

Added: Oct 22, 2019

Views: 747
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Photo ID: 712944

The rush hour is over, the sun is setting, and this Fitchburg-bound MBTA commuter train has to itself the platforms at Boston's North Station.

Railroad: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: 1005
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1986


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Oct 14, 2019

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Photo ID: 712943

An outbound MBTA commuter train rolls through the Hyde Park section of Boston on the Fairmount line behind an F40. At the time all trains on the MBTA's ex-New Haven lines took this alternate route... (more)

Railroad: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: 1017
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1986


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Oct 14, 2019

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Photo ID: 712462

During the year that Conrail was the contract operator of the MBTA's South Side commuter service, a couple Conrail-owned ex-NYC E8s usually supplemented the MBTA's own ex-PRR Es. On the final week... (more)

Railroad: Conrail
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: CR 4039
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: March, 1977


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Oct 09, 2019

Views: 1,409
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Photo ID: 712248

At Park Street Station, one of the many thousands of users of T system - Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority - expect to board your train in green line, the oldest subway line of the MBTA. ... (more)

Railroad: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Locomotive: Kinki-Sharyo Type 7
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: MBTA 3700
Train ID: -
Photo Date: November 15, 2017


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By: Entre Durmientes (Mauro C.)

Added: Oct 07, 2019

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Photo ID: 712245

Outbound train 411 slowing for its station stop at Ayer.

Railroad: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Locomotive: MPI HSP-46
Location: Ayer, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: MBTA 2017
Train ID: MBTA 411
Photo Date: July 08, 2019


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By: William J. Skeats

Added: Oct 07, 2019

Views: 590
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Photo ID: 710175

A solo Boston & Maine RDC running as a midday Woburn-Boston local swings off the two-mile Woburn Branch and onto the mainline at Winchester, MA. The MBTA dropped service on the branch in 1981 and ... (more)

Railroad: Boston & Maine
Locomotive: Budd RDC-1
Location: Winchester, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: BM 6112
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: August, 1971


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Sep 17, 2019

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Photo ID: 710069

The crossing watchman has lowered the manual gates for former New York Central RS-3 5527 and its rush hour train at Needham Center, MA, on an August 1971 evening, Because the ex-New Haven Needham ... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: Alco RS-3
Location: Needham, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 5527
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: August, 1971


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Sep 16, 2019

Views: 4,338
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Photo ID: 710068

The setting could be the Adirondack branch in upstate New York, but it's the Needham line in suburban Boston, where a former New York Central RS-3 burbles towards Needham Junction with an evening ... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: Alco RS-3
Location: Needham, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 5527
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: August, 1971


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Sep 16, 2019

Views: 1,632
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Photo ID: 709525

Train 417 passing thru the Phoenix Street RR Crossing about stop for the Shirley Station.

Railroad: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Locomotive: MPI HSP-46
Location: Shirley, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: MBTA 2022
Train ID: 417
Photo Date: July 08, 2019


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By: William J. Skeats

Added: Sep 10, 2019

Views: 600
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Favorited: 2

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Photo ID: 708284

A Boston-Providence commuter train operated by Penn Central for the MBTA passes the old wooden tower at Mansfield, MA, as it slows for a station stop. The engineer's window of ex-PRR E8 4264 shows... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 4264
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: June, 1974


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Aug 29, 2019

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Photo ID: 706424

An interesting contrast between old and new. MBTA HSP46 2023, built in 2014, leads an almost 2 hour late Cape Flyer as it passes Cape Cod Central's "Scenic Train" with a pair of ex New H... (more)

Railroad: MBTA
Locomotive: MPI HSP46
Location: Barnstable , Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: MBTA 2023
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 10, 2019


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By: John Kittredge

Added: Aug 10, 2019

Views: 1,526
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Photo ID: 705849

The MBTA CapeFLYER (known as the "Flying Clam" to locals) crosses over Cohasset Narrows just after crossing the Cape Cod Railroad bridge and taking on passengers in Buzzards Bay. The for... (more)

Railroad: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Locomotive: EMD F40PH-2C
Location: Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: MBTA 1052
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 22, 2019


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By: Chris Hall

Added: Aug 04, 2019

Views: 882
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Favorited: 7

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Photo ID: 704302

A solo Penn Central RDC covering a midday branchline run between Boston and Needham Heights, MA, pauses at Needham Junction, in former New Haven territory. The operator has set the lower quadrant ... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: Budd RDC
Location: Needham Junction, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: March, 1972


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Jul 22, 2019

Views: 1,253
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Favorited: 6
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