Shellshocked on the Riverside Line: Service halted on account of turtle

Around 8:20 a.m., an inbound Kat Powers reported:

On a D Line train in Newton delayed by a turtle on the track. Driver has announced she can't move the train because the turtle will die. Waiting for an official to move the turtle.

A few minutes later, she reported two MBTA officials arrived to try to move the recalcitrant reptile.

Action-news reporter Steve Annear adds:

Officials removed it with a shovel.

Inbound turtle-free service then resumed.



Free tagging: 


I agree.

And they don't even have to be that large since their head can snap way back around and get your hand, arm, whatever.

Many years ago I watched as someone removed a medium sized snapper from a road, using a shovel. The turtle was whipping that head around like crazy and we hardly could get it even on the darn thing to scoop it up.

They controls are not unattended

if the proper service brake application is made (procedure varies by equipment) and the keys are removed from the vehicle and remain in the possession the operator on the right of way. The streetcar(s) will not move.

Growing up in Cleveland Circle, the temptation to hop in the seat and take a run down Beacon Street was all too real. Back in the day, the yard guys at the Res were wayyy too lax about leaving doors open/keys in.

Better Yet...

Was there not one person on the trolley willing to get off and pick it up? Or would the driver possibly be letting herself in for more trouble by doing that?

By the way, if the turtle was just sitting on the rails, not moving, I would think it wouldn't be too dangerous to pick it up. I think that would indicate a comatose/unresponsive/dead turtle.


Not sure if they're native

But I've seen ones as large as the above in waters around here when I used to go turtle hunting as a kid. We'd go for the painted turtles and red eared sliders but leave these guys alone.

Biggest one I saw was chilling in and filling a 2 1/2 diameter pipe under a causeway connecting two ponds. Some of the guys fishing said he'd sleep there during the day then come out in the morning and evening to chomp on their easy catches as they'd reel em in from the shore.