Providence Line

By - 9/22/16 - 1:12 pm

At least one train has already been cancelled as police investigate the 12:30 p.m. incident, but the T is bracing passengers to expect "significant delays." Mansfield Police report the person is dead - on a stretch of tracks where Amtrak trains travel at well over 100 m.p.h.

By - 8/14/16 - 5:58 pm

The T is warning of delays up to 50 minutes on the Providence Line due to "an Amtrak signal issue near Attleboro Station."

By - 8/5/16 - 10:56 pm
Amtrak catenary tester train

Amtrak catenary tester testing catenaries at Readville.

A downed power line near the Rte. 128 station continues to frustrate MBTA commuters, who find their trains running way late, if not just canceled altogether.

Around 9:05 p.m., an Amtrak catenary-testing train slowly moved outbound on the inbound tracks at Readville. Read more.

By - 8/5/16 - 5:07 pm

An overhead wire that obeyed the laws of gravity near the Westwood train station is wreaking havoc on the Northeast Corridor this afternoon, causing massive delays for both Keolis and Amtrak riders in both directions - including many Pearl Jam fans trying to get to Fenway Park for their concert tonight. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 6:01 pm

Somebody was hit by a train near Mansfield station this afternoon. The station itself was shut - and the parking lot is closed - and delays persist along the Providence Line.

By - 2/16/16 - 7:36 pm

An Amtrak train headed to Boston lost power this afternoon, and possibly had a bit of a fire, an MBTA commuter-rail train was enlisted to push it to Boston and now things are still bollixed up betwixt Boston and Providence.

At 7:19 p.m., Brian Moore reported that after 89 minutes, his Stoughton-bound train from Back Bay still hadn't made it to Westwood. The T was reporting similar delays from Providence to Boston.

By - 2/4/16 - 8:14 am
Smoke-belching train on the Providence Line in Attleboro

"This can't be good," Stephanie Davis thought when her train, the 808 out of Providence, pulled into Attleboro this morning.

Just a flesh wound, though and she reports the train is now slowly chugging its way north to Boston. Still, accommodations must be made: Read more.

By - 1/27/16 - 7:47 am

People heading into Boston on the Providence/Stoughton Line are not liking how slowly their trains are moving due to what the T says are Amtrak signal problems.

By - 1/26/16 - 8:16 am

Trains that pass through Forest Hills are being forced to slow down due to Amtrak signal problems, the T reports.

By - 12/17/15 - 7:45 am

Train 806 from Providence crossed the River Styx just north of Sharon and now it sits there, forlorn and alone, its riders literally in the dark. Tristan, on the train, looks on the bright side:

At least easier to nap in the dark.

In other T news, inbound Red Line trains have "minor" delays due to a switch problem near Andrew; inbound Orange Line trains have similar delays due to signal problems at Ruggles.

By - 11/23/15 - 7:06 pm

Actually, lots of delays out of South Station, but thank goodness: The Patriots train left on time.

By - 8/13/15 - 11:37 am

Transit Police report an inbound Regional train from New York hit a man on the tracks near Norfolk Street in Mansfield around 11 a.m. - halting both Amtrak and commuter-rail service along the Northeast Corridor. Foul play is not suspected.

Helen Fuller, a New Yorker on the train, 190, reports passengers were being kept on the train - even after northbound service for other trains resumed - and that passengers were kept completely in the dark, even as they learned what was going on from just looking out the window and from social media: Read more.

By - 3/6/15 - 8:24 am
Passengers in Mansfield waiting for train to replace dead train

Riders kicked off dead train to wait for mostly dead train. Photo by Joe Sullivan.

Riders on the Providence Line lost at commuter-rail roulette big time this morning. A train got to Mansfield and passed to the other side - but not before riders got to sit on it for 45 minutes waiting for a pusher train that itself gave up the ghost - although it turned out it was only mostly dead and so it slogged into Mansfield with its own full complement of exasperated riders and little space in which to cram the passengers from the completely dead train, which, as soon as it was emptied, revived just enough to head back to Providence.

By - 6/24/14 - 6:51 pm

According to T alerts, Needham, Providence and Franklin Line riders who just want to go home are currently delayed due to "congestion."

MBCR explains that, in this case, "congestion" means an outbound Amtrak train was mistakenly switched onto the Needham tracks, which is sort of like the train equivalent of a truck trying to get on Storrow Drive, given that Amtrak trains use electric power and the Needham Line, well, doesn't.

By - 6/23/14 - 6:40 am
Amtrak regional train put back on tracks in Mansfield

Collision knocked engine off tracks; here it's been put back. Photo by TPD.

UPDATE: The death toll was updated late this morning, after authorities found a third body.

Two men and a woman in an SUV sitting on the Northeast Corridor tracks in Mansfield died when a Amtrak train heading to Boston slammed into the vehicle around midnight, Transit Police report.

The collision and investigating halted Acela and regional service between Boston and Providence until shortly after 7 a.m., Amtrak reports. Service on the Providence Line was slowed.

Police say they are continuing to investigate why the SUV was on the tracks.

By - 6/17/14 - 8:10 am
Crowded Davis Square Red Line stop

The scene at Davis. Photo by H.

Around 7:50 a.m., a Red Line train ascended in Elijah's whirlwind at Alewife. That was about an hour after train 804 from Providence breathed it last, leaving commuters just hanging around Mansfield until the 806 could get to them, as Joe shows:

Waiting in Mansfield
By - 6/11/14 - 7:30 pm

At 7:16 p.m., Courtney Webster checked in from the 6:10 p.m. Providence Line train, which, rather than approaching Providence, had spent most of that time sitting just outside Ruggles:

Finally have a rescue train.

By - 6/9/14 - 8:22 am
Dead train at Mansfield

The locomotive on the 808 train out of Providence turned out to be the little engine that couldn't. Now it's sitting dead on the tracks, waiting for the 810 to arrive and sloooowly push it all the way into Boston. In the meantime, Joe shows us the scene in Mansfield, reports:

Nothing moving inbound to Boston from Mansfield. No commuter rail or Amtrak.

By - 4/30/14 - 8:04 am

Jeffrey reported from the Providence Line at 7:36 a.m.

Here's a first. The engineer forgot to stop at route 128 and we rode backwards for five miles to go back. Get the guy a coffee.

By - 10/15/13 - 8:13 am
Off one train and onto another

Tristan was among the refugees from Train 806 out of Providence this morning, forced to deboard at 128 after their train was given last rites. He reports passengers were told they could get on an inbound Amtrak train - which promptly left the station before anybody could get on it. Most then got on a train from Canton.