A small fire around 5:30 p.m. by Packard's Corner interrupted B line service.
Earlier in the day:
Fire atop a trolley at Boylston.
Then why are they terminating service between Kenmore and Blandford Street? They're sending the inbound trains back out from Blandford.
I didn't see anything unusual when I rode through Packard's.
Looks like Packard's Corner.
They must have cleared that, but that doesn't explain what happened between Kenmore and Blandford.
Perhaps it's to deflect attention away from the nightmare on the Fitchburg line.
Fitch/SoActon 429 05:20 PM experiencing over 80-90 min delays due to mechanical failure 3/3/2011 7:37 PM
The switch heater on fire was at Packards Corner.
The problem between Blandford and Kenmore was a broken switch (locked in position for the C and D lines). Two different switches, two different problems, happening around the same time.
to disconnect the motor and throw the switch by hand, which the switches are designed to allow one to do in an emergency situation like this.
Perhaps there was something broken in the mechanics of the switch that wouldn't allow the switch to throw, even by hand. Happened at the Copley junction a couple of days ago.
switch would still not throw by hand even after the motor was cut. Track maintenance people had to make emergency repairs, and it couldn't be used until that was completed.
Once again, that's what one gets by making quick assumptions at the end of a long and tiring day. Of course, the fact the T messages and announcements stated "due to a switch problem" and not "due to a switch failure" may have had something to do with my comment.
I believe there's not an easy way to switch the trains around between Blanford and Pakcards Corner. There's a switch at Blanford where they can send the trains back the other way and there's one by the Shaws just inbound from Packards Corner, but I don't think there's one in between. Thus if there's a problem in between them the whole segment has to go down.
And again the MBTA sank to the occasion. Apparently no one bothered to tell the #57 drivers that they were shuttling displaced train passengers. That or the driver on my bus (once I finally convinced him to let me off before we hit Brighton...) was lying. Also possible, I'm afraid. :( :(
to let you know that "We're working to correct the situation!"
The flaming tracks of doom.