New Orange Line cars are now arriving

New cars coming to Wellington

Miniature Bumblebee spotted a fresh Orange Line car arriving on a flatbed at the Wellington yard this morning, presumably from the new CRRC assembly plant in Springfield.

The two initial test cars, shipped direct from China, have become a familiar sight on the normally unused third Orange Line track north of Boston. The MBTA says it hopes to begin putting the new cars into passenger service starting at year's end.

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I agree it sounds ironic.

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Unfortunately, it would be highly impractical to deliver the new cars by rail. Besides the incompatibility of couplers, brakes, and running gear with standard railroad equipment, moving the cars from Springfield to Wellington or Oak Grove by rail would be a very complicated move. Additionally, the rail connection between the Orange Line and the Commuter Rail at Oak Grove was severed sometime back.

While an alternative might be to ship the cars on flatcars, that poses the problem of transferring the cars from the flatcar to the Orange Line tracks.

Let's just hope that none of the drivers of those trucks delivering these cars, or their pilot car drivers, decide to take a shortcut via Soldier's Field Road and/or Storrow Drive.

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That

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Storrowing scenario does make me wonder what Adam’s headline would be for the story...

Hmmm

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Train crash on Storrow puts T in a fix,
New cars now delayed til 2046

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T train stuck on Storrow; traffic stopped till tomorrow.

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MBTA trains on Storrow Drive would open up whole new rhyming opportunities for Adam.

However, this can never happen; the Cosmos could not bear the strain of such a convergence. Universal Hub would truly become Universal, and the End of Time would come.

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And now...

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18 months of "testing" before the public actually gets any use out of them.

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The MBTA says it hopes to

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The MBTA says it hopes to begin putting the new cars into passenger service starting at year's end.

Try again. Year's end is 4 months away.

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How quickly we forget.

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Remember the Boeing LRV? Or when the Breda Type 8 first arrived. Both streetcars were rushed into service without adequate testing beforehand. And both streetcars immediately exhibited problems - some major, some minor - that took some time to correct.

I rode the first pair of Type 8s (3800 and 3801) on their first revenue trip. Cars had deadheaded from Riverside to Government Center, and were put into service at Government Center westbound, where I boarded the train. Got into Park Street, where both cars had a complete meltdown - they couldn't even open the doors until officials came to help from the outside. Needless to say, the train was taken out of service - the first of countless times that happened to a Type 8.

Poor naked thing

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So Orange Line trains are not born orange? I must say I feel a certain concern for the poor colorless thing, so naked and vulnerable. I hope it grows its orange coat soon.

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Perhaps it will form a

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Perhaps it will form a chrysallis and emerge some time later as a beautiful butterfly Orange line train.

After last night it is desperation time.

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An police investigation turns into a disaster. Trains held up for up to 15 minutes at rush hour. A train finally arrives and the head car is out of service.

Naturally the cellular twits are in full volume; the mosquito heads are blasting the earbud bleed and the air conditioning can barely keep up with sardine packing.

Will enough new cars arrive to prevent another day of no train service. It seems to be held together at this point with glue.

Question

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How would the new cars have helped when the source of the delay was a police action?

T's new orange line cars

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Why did they have to come from China, why not the old U.S.A. can we build anything here anymore...

Not subway cars

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And CRRC submitted a lower bid than the Korean, Canadian and, hmm, Japanese companies that did bid.

Assembled in the USA

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The last American company that could build something like this went out of the business in the 1980s. Pullman out of Philadelphia, I believe. The last cars the T got that were from an American firm were the Boeing Vertol LRVs. Read up about them some day.

Test cars were made in China

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Test cars were made in China while the Springfield, MA plant was built. The rest of them will be assembled in the Springfield plant as these cars are.

White Line

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The next White Line train is now arriving