• Identify Newton Location for MTA era photos?

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Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.

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  by Otto Vondrak
I have recently acquired some photos that were taken by Phillipe H. Bonnet in the 1960s. I have narrowed down the location to Newton near Washington Street, but I can't quite find this location under construction. Can you help?





Thank you!

  by WatertownCarBarn
Ware's Jewelers was at 311 Center Street, Newton Corner in picture three, now the brick building that used to be Cahner's. That would be Galen coming in on the right. Certainly the fourth picture is the bridge over the as yet unfinished Pike. I think the second is Newton Corner too. The first is further out on Washington street, which was re-routed for the Pike, so the tracks needed to be rerouted as well. But that is only a guess. It looks like that sweeping turn near Bigelow MS.
  by Otto Vondrak
Wow, the intersection has completely changed with all new buildings, it seems. Thanks for the location confirmation. Which line was this?
  by WatertownCarBarn
<sigh> formerly the Watertown Line. Green Line branch A, which was discontinued in 1969. The car barn there remained and non-revenue runs continued until 1994 as some repairs were still done there. Wikipedia has a good entry on the line. "Green Line A branch". The line was replaced by the 57 bus route. Having ridden both I can say the bus service with transfer at Kenmore is horrible. Bring back the A line!
  by WatertownCarBarn
Very cool thanks!
Those passengers departing the trolleys crossing the street wouldn't stand a chance today.
And the backups behind the trolleys would become mayhem now...
  by MBTA3247
All of these photos are in and around Central Square in Cambridge with trolleys on Route 70:

https://flic.kr/p/2kaf7Pu - Green St approaching the corner of Brookline St

https://flic.kr/p/2kafzaw - turning from Green St onto Brookline St

https://flic.kr/p/2kafxUv - Brookline St, about to turn onto Mass. Ave

(The above 3 photos look like they were shot in the sequence listed)

https://flic.kr/p/2kafzqr and https://flic.kr/p/2kafyGN - Mass. Ave at Pearl St

https://flic.kr/p/2kafxMm and https://flic.kr/p/2kabfPn - changing ends at the cutback at Western Ave & Green St
  by CRail
Those pictures are great, Otto! All Type 4s, none of which exist today.
  by Charliemta
Otto Vondrak wrote: Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:04 pm I have uploaded more photos from the Watertown Branch, starting here...

Awesome photos, including the ones of the trains. Makes my heart ache for the way things used to be.
  by Otto Vondrak
MBTA3247 wrote: Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:53 pm All of these photos are in and around Central Square in Cambridge with trolleys on Route 70
Thank you very much!

Here's two more...



  by jbvb
Service car #40 is not in or near Central Sq. None of the places in Cambridge that I know had 4-5 story brick buildings of that vintage have the uphill side street.

5308 isn't in or near Central Sq. either. Both River St. and Western Ave. went straight across the Charles. And the Charles would be the river behind the wall. Maybe Watertown Sq.?

Guessing 5328 at night has just crossed the Charles from Arsenal St. to Western Ave.
Last edited by jbvb on Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:12 pm, edited 2 times in total.
  by jbvb
I lived in the building behind 5315 as it straightens out on Broookline back in the '70s. Dain Drugs in the 3rd photo was a pizza parlor at that time.
Elm Farm Foods in the photo of 5305 at the Mass. Ave. platforms was later Purity Supreme.