Some photos from the good ol' days, back when there was a direct rail link between South and North stations.
Fans of absurd disasters, of course, recall that the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 took out part of the el on Commercial Street.
The coffee shop building at the corner of Harrison and Beach is one storey because the el used to pass over it while making a turn.
Here's a picture of that, on one of the days the el wasn't running so smoothly:
... in Chiacago 1977 --
I always felt queasy riding in this section ever after (didn't have to do it too often, luckily).
this is the link to the NTSB report on the 1977 CTA crash:
amazing!! really cool, never knew this about boston
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