• A Bit Off Topic Perhaps but the End of an Era Nevertheless . . .

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by bostontrainguy
 
I didn't know this was happening. From the MBTA Carmens's Union:

Since 1936, the men and women of the Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589 have operated and maintained a network of trackless trolleys in and around Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, and Watertown. This Saturday, the last of the legacy trackless trolley lines will operate in regular passenger service on routes 71 and 73 out of Harvard Square.

As part of a celebration of these dependable, reliable, and zero-emission vehicles, the MBTA and Local 589 have teamed up to offer a last ride to employees and their families. The farewell trip will depart from North Cambridge Carhouse this Saturday, March 12 at 5:30pm and run along the trackless system before returning to North Cambridge.

A giant step backwards?

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  by Arborwayfan
 
Can't hurt to comment on the stupidity here, too: the wiring and substations and whatnot are all there, and the vehicles and their motors etc are proven to last a long, long time. And they never needed to stop and charge. Just nuts to get rid of them.