Remembering Boston's train man

Dirty Water says farewell to George Sanborn, who knew more about trains in Boston than anyone:

... R.I.P George. It is not often that a person can make his passion his profession as well.

Commute-a-holic also says goodbye:

... George was able to take his passion for trains and apply it to his day-to-day job. While he was cantankerous at times, it was really nice to work with someone who was so passionate about their field. He would always take the time to speak to any train enthusiast - from a 4 year old who liked "Thomas the Train" through MIT graduate students. Everyone who was interested in trains could spend time with George to learn first hand experience about trains and mass transit.

I'm sure George is riding a train somewhere.



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        Let's hope George isn't

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        Let's hope George isn't relying on a commuter train to get him where he's going in time.

        RIP George

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        I work for the T at Park Plaza.

        From time to time we would need to find out why previous administrators would implement changes that on the surface did not make sense. George could find the documentation if it existed in minutes.

        George once told me the flaw on transit downtown was the removal of the Atlantic Ave line that connected North and South Station by train back in the 1930's. The rest of the system makes more sense when you see a transit map of that era.

        He didn't work at the library, he was the library. It would be fitting if it was renamed for him.

        He's off riding that great big subway car in the sky...

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        And he will be missed. He used to help me out a lot when I was a park ranger in Charlestown and would go to the Transportation library to do research for programs at my park (the park was situated over a tunnel and under where the I-93 to Tobin Bridge ramps that the tunnel replaced once were and was also where the City Square El station was, so the Transportation Library was a goldmine). I second the idea about naming the library after him.


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        He was super-helpful to me when I was writing a paper for a class at B.U. comparing Boston's subway system (the oldest in the country) to the then-newest system, in Washington, D.C.

        Name the State Transportation Library in Honor of George

        I agree - the State Transportation Library should be renamed for George. This would be a fitting tribute for a man who was as passionate about trains as George was.

        It would be thrilling to see the State Transportation Library renamed the George A. Sanborn State Transportation Library.

        Contact your Rep and Senator

        These guys love to pass this sort of legislation, hold a press conference, cut a ribbon, have pictures taken in front of the new sign ...