Providence Line

By - 11/20/17 - 9:00 am

Kevin Essington reports 100+ commuters were left stranded at the TF Green stop on the Providence Line this morning when two trains breathed their last.

Reminder: The governor of Rhode Island wants the T to start express service from Providence to Boston.

By - 10/30/17 - 7:24 am
Flattened car in Roslindale

Flattened car on Primrose Street in Roslindale.

Trees fell, power lines snapped and cats raced through apartments looking for a safe space as the Great Sou'easter of 2017 roared through the state overnight. Read more.

By - 6/13/17 - 8:21 am
Train car on fire in Mansfield

Photo by Mansfield Police.

A freight car full of construction debris on the Northeast Corridor tracks in Mansfield erupted into flames around 4:30 a.m., Mansfield Police report.

Crews were able to maneuver the flaming car from the area of the Rte. 140 crossing to tracks off County Street, where the thing was still on fire as of 6:30 a.m.

By - 2/17/17 - 5:46 pm

This morning's switch problems at 128 have morphed into signal problems at Canton Junction and so Keolis is warning of Trump-level (you know, yuuge) delays on the Providence and Stoughton lines.

By - 2/17/17 - 7:56 am

Keolis was blaming Amtrak signal problems for the major delays and cancellations on the Providence and Stoughton lines this morning, but Amtrak says, no, not signal problems - switch problems, near the 128 station in Westwood:

Due to a switch outage near Route 128 Station, Amtrak and commuter trains are experiencing delays moving through the area. Amtrak engineering forces are on the scene and are working to resolve the issue as quickly and safely as possible.

By - 12/25/16 - 12:01 am

Transit Police report a man, about 30, was on the Northeast Corridor tracks near 700 S. Main St. around 10 p.m. when he was hit by an outbound commuter-rail train.

Police say foul play is not suspected.

By - 11/9/16 - 8:50 am

Sam Sam reports on her ride into town this morning:

Absolutely silent on my CR train this morning. It's like we're all in mourning of the death of someone we know.

Read more.

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.