6134Re: Boston, Seashore & NJ Transit (Was: trolleys to Chicago)
- Jan 3, 2002--- In FJGRailroad@y..., "Lee Morelli" <Morelli@c...> wrote:
> Glenn,Let's see if I can do this without making things even murkier!
> Wow! Kindly clarify the following acronyms and their use:
> B&A commuter line.In 1959, the MTA (now the MBTA - Mass. Bay Trans. Auth.) bought a
steam/diesel line used by the Boston and Albany for commuter service,
refurbished it, installed overhead, made a connection to the Park
Street subway line at Kenmore Square, and viola! the D - Riverside
Line was created.
> (using PCC cars!).The MBTA has been under orders for some time to restore service on
the Arborway line, one of the lines which comprise the Green Line. It
was finally decided that streetcars would be used. I'm not sure, but
I believe there are enough older PCC (President's Conference
Committee cars serviceable to do it.
> Twin Cities Rancid TransitThis was how residents of Minneapolis/St. Paul derisively referred to
Twin Cities Rapid Transit. Their PCC cars were wider than most
others, which was a deciding factor in their ending up in Newark.
Most other cities (including Boston) couldn't use them because of
their broad beam, but clearances on the City Subway line were wide
> LRV equipmentLRV - Light Rail Vehicle, today's version of the trolley car. They
have lots of modern features (which sometimes don't work),
can be run in train-like configuration, and can be made handicap
accessible, which is a must these days.
> PCC's poles were replaced with small pantographsWhen NJ Transit upgraded the City Subway overhead wire, it was
evidently of the style that wouldn't allow continued use of trolley
poles. Thus, the trolley poles were removed from the rear of each
car and a smallish pantograph placed toward the front of each car.
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