gregorygrice wrote:I don't mean to bring up an old thread from the dad, but I didn't want to make a whole new thread for one question. I'm going to Boston for a week in August and was wander, what is the best time r day to catch one of the MBTA moves on the Branch?
If you're shooting for a set window of viewing time, I'd sit for CSX and not T/Amtrak since they're a lot more reliable on the clock for when they move. Maybe moreso than ever now that they run that job out of Framingham instead of Beacon Park. Not sure if Framingham's got a scanner frequency to tune to or not to pin down exact notice that they're on the move, but I've found they keep a pretty consistent outbound schedule to Everett that passes through Boston-Cambridge in the 2-3:00pm range if you want to watch them from BU Bridge (which is an outstanding vantage point) or the Mass Ave. grade crossing. Return trip's a little more variable depending on how much unloading they have to do at Everett on a given day and how long they have to be held at BET for commuter rail traffic.
With the T and Amtrak I've found it's a little easier if you know exactly what time they came by on the previous day, because they're more likely to repeat on or near that time the next day or inside of the same week. Pattern starts getting way too variable to pin down if you're trying to gauge what it'll be week-to-week vs. next-day or intra-week.