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ThinkNarrow wrote:I am assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that by "running" you mean "in passenger service." If so, aren't the Orange Line cars narrower, thus producing a wider gap? ("Mind the gap") If you mean "traversing," I gather the answer is "yes."Well, this was eons ago. It's probably been a good 90-100 years since El cars were needed to supplement the Cambridge-Dorchester Line when it was being extended 1 stop at a time south of Park. Nobody would ever think of trying that these days, but yes...bridge plates, a couple in-car attendants, and somewhat more manageable 4-car consists would make that an acceptable short-term solution in the old days while they were waiting for reinforcement car orders to get built. They had no idea what true demand would be for the RL when it first opened, so not surprising it exceeded all expectations and quickly left them with a car shortage.
FP10 wrote:Could the blue line cars navigate the boylston curve? If so I could see those two lines one day sharing a fleet.The Green Line is low-level boarding, Blue is high level.
FP10 wrote:Could the blue line cars navigate the boylston curve? If so I could see those two lines one day sharing a fleet.The curve at Boylston is no big deal. The ruling curves on the Green Line are all east of Government Center. The ends of a Blue Line car are tapered to allow for tight curves. The original idea was to hook the East Boston Tunnel up to the Tremont Street Subway but this never happened and the line was extended to Bowdoin and the Russell St. portal instead. All of this happened over 10 years before tha conversion to Rapid Transit.