Boston Rapid Transit Album By Bradley Clarke Soft Cover 1981
The Boston Rapid Transit Album By Bradley Clarke
Bulletin Number Seventeen Boston Street Railway Association
The rapid transit system of Boston has had a long and colorful history. This book is intended to present the major events in the development of this radial web of rail lines from the Hub using photographs taken over the past century, a general history, and chronological tables. This is by no means a comprehensive study, but it does provide a broad view of the growth of rapid transit in Boston. Readers with specific questions are invited to address them to the author at the mailing address of the Boston Street Railway Association, printed on the title page.
While some may argue that commuter rail lines should be treated as part of the rapid transit system, the subject matter in this book is confined to the evolution of the electrified rail operations of the MBTA: the Red, Green, Orange and Blue Lines.
A number of people were of great assistance in the preparation of this book. I am particularly grateful to William J. Grimes of Hingham, Francis J. Cheney of Roslindale, Richard C. LaHart of Boston, and George M. Sanborn of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. I would also like to thank Edward A. Anderson of Worcester, Daniel R. Cohen of Boston, 0. R. Cummings of Manchester, New Hampshire, Kevin T. Farrell of Billerica, Francis J. Goldsmith of the Electric Railroaders' Association, David N. Rooney of Boston, and E. A. Silloway of Franklin. The help of David T. Carlson, Joseph F. Connell, Francis T. Finn, Paul DiNatale and Cheryl A. Rowan of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was also very much appreciated.
This book is the seventeenth in a series of publications by the Boston Street Railway Association on public transportation in Massachusetts. The Association was founded in 1959 as a non-profit educational and historical organization with the specific intents of preserving transit history and studying present and future mass transportation developments.
The Association owns one of the last pieces of conventional street railway equipment to run in the city of Boston, former Metropolitan Transit Authority Type 5 streetcar No. 5706. This vehicle was built by the J. G. Brill Company of Philadelphia in 1924, and for 45 years thereafter it carried thousands of passengers in the cities and towns served by the MTA.
The car was retired in 1959, and it was purchased by the Boston Street Railway Association at this time. Funds from this publication and from earlier ones are used for the restoration of 5706, which is now located at the Branford Trolley Museum in East Haven, Connecticut, and for the publication of future transportation histories.
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