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South Boston rail line gets a shed

Red Line shed in South Boston

New shed being built next to Track 61. See it larger.

John Keith snapped a photo of a new shed and siding near Cypher Street that the MBTA is having built along Track 61 - a former freight line and the last rail connection to the South Boston Waterfront - where the T will test those new Red Line trains we should see someday.

And he wonders why the T needs a shed and new tracks alongside the tracks it was already planning to outfit for subway-car testing.

The T's Joe Pesaturo points him to slides 5 and 6 on a new-car summary, says the shed is for "static" testing of the cars - not everything that needs testing is done while the cars are rolling.

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If I remember correctly, last time I was there the tracks that led past the new shed to the waterfront had been paved over at Cypher Street.

The rest of the right-of-way seems to be in good enough shape to be put into working condition with minimal effort.

For the sake of accuracy this section of track is NOT Track 61. This is a portion of the BTRT, Track 61 begins at Summer St and is owned by Massport....but why would we expect the MBTA to know better???