Night Owl City took this photo of a derailed inbound E trolley at South Huntington and Huntington around 9:30 a.m. AlertNewEngland reports no injuries. Expect, as they say, delays.
I keep seeing that trolley covered with sperm bank advertisements and think about how the driver must LOVE it. Bet he or she will be, uh, ribbed, even, uh, harder, by the other drivers after going off the rails.
I was wondering what the "Green Line Trolley Drivers Do It Slower" bumper sticker was all about.
Although the car that derailed is one of the infamous Type 8s (known for their center trucks derailing a few years back), the object on the ground next to the derailed car is one of those rubber blocks normally embedded in the pavement, which separate the rail from the roadway asphalt on that stretch of track. Must have come loose and caused the derailment, essentially tripping the streetcar. Bet they will have to inspect all of those rubber blocks before they will resume service on that stretch between Heath St. and Brigham Circle.
Wouldn't the rubber piece have "tripped up" the Type 7 in front, too? The rubber piece may have been pushed out by the center trucks beginning to derail, following the nose of the T8.
The rubber may have finally popped up just as the Type 8 was going over it. It's the lead truck on the Type 8 that's on the ground, not the center. If the center had come off first, the car would be more V shaped post derailment.
The most immediate question then is why did it not derail the Type 7 up front?
That stretch of road is in terrible condition--there are a couple of noticeable frost heaves in the track. I'm amazed that they let it go unfixed so long.
Actually, maybe not amazed, since SOP with the MBTA these days seems to be 'screw maintenance, wait for it to break before investing any money in the problem.'
the object on the ground next to the derailed car is one of those rubber blocks normally embedded in the pavement, which separate the rail from the roadway asphalt on that stretch of track. Must have come loose and caused the derailment, essentially tripping the streetcar.
Or the car, in the process of derailing, peeled it out like a carrot peeler...
A motor truck derailing on straight rail, with no broken axle or broken wheel, is probably because of some issue with the rail, not the car. The video of the car being rerailed and towed away makes it clear there was no broken axle or broken wheel.
They just announced the rubber bits got in the way:
"What we believe happened is that [seal] popped up and just gave the train wheel enough of a lift that the wheel lost its normal relationship with the rail,"
So, a blown seal on a sperm train that lost its relationship with the rail? *giggle*
sometimes anons do know what they are talking about
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Where's the YouTube video of some guy who was pinned in the bike lane by this trolley?
Note -- I know that's a sharrow, not actually a separate bike lane.
Yikes, cyclists using that shlane better watch out for the gouges made by the train wheels. Hope they patch that up soon.
A few pavement "gouges" are nothing worth even noticing; Boston has far worse pavement issues. Plus, there are a number of far better, safer routes to take than South Huntington, and a lot of people cheat the corner entirely by taking the shortcut past the electrical substation.