Posts Tagged ‘MBTA’

Topping Off the Day at Bort Road

June 18, 2021

After spending much of last Sunday chasing the FA units on the New York & Lake Erie excursion train in New York State, Marty Surdyk and I headed back toward Cleveland in late afternoon.

We stopped for an hour at Bort Road in North East, Pennsylvania, one of our favorite places to photograph trains on the CSX Erie West Subdivision and the Lake Erie District of Norfolk Southern.

In just over an hour we bagged six trains only one of which was an intermodal train. Our first catch was a CSX westbound at 5:43 p.m. Our last train was NS 315 at 6:53 p.m.

In between we caught NS 309, a CSX auto rack train, a CSX westbound manfest and the Q003.

The westbound manifest freight had a surprise, a pair of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority MP36PH-3C units.

Nos. 010 and 011 are the only such units on the MBTA motive power roster and were acquired used from Utah Transit.

Marty and I speculated that they might be dropped off at the Wabtec plant in Erie for overhaul.

After a productive outing at Bort Road we continued west and exited on Route 19 at Erie to eat dinner at the Eat ‘n Park restaurant just down the road

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Track Work to Disrupt Boston LSL Section

February 26, 2020

Track work being performed by host railroad MBTA will affect operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited on weekends between Feb. 29 and May 17.

Nos. 448 and 449 will not operate between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the period.

The service disruption will affect passengers traveling to and from the Massachusetts stations of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston (South Station).

Alternative bus service will be provided between Boston and Albany.

However, no alternate transportation is being provided to the missed stop of Framingham. Passengers traveling to Boston Back Bay station will taken by bus to South Station or riding an MBTA or Amtrak train between those points.

Passengers at South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Worcester passengers will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not occur at the bus terminal.

During the service disruptions there will be no business class or sleeping car service on Nos. 448 and 449.

Track Work Again Affects Boston LSL Section

December 2, 2015

Track work being performed in the Boston region will affect operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited on Dec. 1, 4, 5 and 6.

The work is being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which operates commuter rail services in the Boston metropolitan area and will affect eastbound No. 448 on Dec. 1, 4 and 5 and westbound No. 449 on Dec. 1, 5 and 6.

Passengers traveling to and from Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham, Boston (Back Bay) and Boston (South Station) will ride a bus between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

On days when track work is being performed, Nos. 448 and 449 will not stop at Boston Back Bay station and bus service will not be provided. Amtrak has suggested that passengers contact MBTA to inquire about travel options to Back Bay station.

Passengers boarding at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Amtrak passengers boarding at Framingham should board their bus at the drop-off/pick-up area track 2 platform (at Waverly Street).