By - 1/4/14 - 12:26 am

UPDATE: Kary's last communique was at 2:50 a.m., sent from the back of an Uber car in Boston because a) there were no cabs at South Station at 2:50 a.m. and b) she already had the Uber app on her phone.

Kary was on Acela 2168, scheduled to arrive in Boston at 8:43 p.m. She reports it broke down in Connecticut west of... Read more

By - 11/21/13 - 11:54 am

Firefighters from several towns and NStar are on University Avenue near the Rte. 128 train station, working to shut down a leaky gas main. Train service through the station was halted; State Police shut the University Avenue ramp from 128.

By - 10/18/13 - 3:20 pm
New look for South Station

MassDOT today released a drawing with one idea of what the interior of the new South Station could look like when the postal annex is moved somewhere else.

The llighter, airier feel envisioned by the rendering would seem to rule out the mixed-use tower once proposed to be built atop the station. In a post to go with the rendering, MassDOT's Klark Jessen... Read more

By - 5/20/13 - 7:33 am

There is no estimate on service restoration:

Starting Monday, Metro-North Railroad will offer alternate transportation for passengers traveling between New Haven, Conn., and Grand Central Terminal via a train-bus-train connection. Amtrak passengers using this option will need to arrange for transportation between Grand Central and New York Penn Station.

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By - 5/17/13 - 11:33 pm

UPDATE: Limited service to New Haven restored, but still no service past there.

Service is halted indefinitely, Amtrak reports.

The crash sent 60 people to the hospital.

By - 4/9/13 - 4:27 pm

Walking Boston reports a turkey flew into the windshield of the engine powering his Boston-bound Amtrak regional train in Mansfield shortly after 4 p.m., forcing the train to a halt.

Gregory Colica, heading to the Hub from New York tweets the announcement that came over the PA after train 86 stopped:

A wild turkey jumped up and smashed the windshield, so we had

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By - 3/28/13 - 7:41 am

The folks at report the Grand Junction bridge over the Charles River - which connects rail lines north and south of the city - has had to be shut again, only three months after it was re-opened following extensive repairs.

The bridge is used for produce shipments to the Chelsea market and lets Amtrak and MBCR ferry trains to repair facilities on... Read more

By - 11/20/12 - 5:12 pm

Matt O'Connor tweeted around 4:30 p.m.:

South Station: girl, Northeastern Sweatshirt, literally carrying a hamper of dirty laundry.

To which Brian D'Amico, himself of the Huskie ilk, replies:

Well ... how else is the laundry going to get home?

By - 9/13/12 - 3:10 pm

A Brooklyn man wanted in four states was pulled off a New York-bound Amtrak train in Westwood Tuesday morning after other passengers complained he was acting strangely and police found he was packing a stun gun - and a decent-sized collection of fake IDs and bogus scripts for prescription medicines - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

When approached [around 10:52 a.m.], Moskowitz allegedly

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By - 8/16/12 - 9:05 am

Crushed car in Medford. Photo by Alex Formanek.Crushed car in Medford. Photo by Alex Formanek.

Extensive delays on the Lowell Line this morning after an Amtrak train smashed into a car at High Street in West Medford. MBTA Transit Police report:


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By - 5/14/12 - 5:00 pm

MBTA Transit Police report a "trespasser" on the tracks was struck and killed by a Boston-bound Amtrak train between Mansfield and Sharon late this afternoon, and that both commuter-rail and Amtrak service is now halted as police investigate. Buses are on the way to pick up passengers, MBCR says.

Zach Lanier tweets:

Currently on Amtrak #2160, sitting between Providence and Rte128. Our train

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By - 1/31/12 - 6:43 pm

Update, 7:25 p.m.: One track was cleared and limited train service through Ruggles resumed.

Commuter-rail and Amtrak service through Ruggles is stopped as transit and fire officials investigate a fatal train-vs-person collision on the inbound side this evening. The T is describing it as a "trespasser strike."

Dan Esdale reports his outbound train to Franklin stopped, then headed back to South Station.

In the... Read more

By - 12/20/11 - 6:45 am

On the train of the damned in Readville

Bill managed to get on one of the trains actually moving between New York and Boston last night. Then a tree fell against the overhead wires in Readville around 11 p.m., caught fire and... Read more

By - 12/19/11 - 7:33 pm

Downed power lines somewhere in the Canton area mean no Amtrak service between Boston and New York and, of course, massive delays on the Providence/Stoughton Line that have left stranded commuters hoping for the buses the T is promising.

By - 8/5/11 - 8:14 pm

Amtrak blames a Somerville trucking company for a truck/train crash in Maine last month that killed the truck driver, injured several passengers and did millions of dollars in damage to the Downeaster train.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court, Amtrak says Triumvirate Environmental, Inc. should never have let Peter Barnum behind the wheel of a tractor trailer hauling trash because "it... Read more

By - 8/5/11 - 2:42 pm

Barlatier. Via FacebookVia FacebookMBTA Transit Police report Benjy Barlatier, 28, of Hyde Park, died last night when hit head on by a speeding Acela train.

According to the report, Barlatier was hanging with two friends near the benches on the inbound platform when he "unexpectedly"... Read more

By - 8/4/11 - 10:47 pm

Inspectors and police at Hyde Park stationInspectors and police at Hyde Park station, a few feet from tarps covering remains.

UPDATE: Victim identified as Hyde Park man.

An Acela train barreling through Hyde Park station struck and killed somebody around 10:30 p.m. The engineer immediately applied... Read more