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I have no blades, and I must cool

Bladeless fan in Kenmore Green Line station

Glenn Whidden reports this fan in the Kenmore Square Green Line station isn't plugged in, although he adds:

No point, it has no blades. Never change MBTA.

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Is this the fan from the Charlestown pool?

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Thank u

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Did the NTSB take note?

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How did that even happen?

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I have had the highly unpleasant experience of being on a platform and getting blasted by the hot air those fans blow around. They do not serve any cooling function.

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That also spritz water?

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I've never had that experience, did not know that was an actual thing-Yikes.

There have been a couple of times in the distant past when I have found myself alone on one of the Arlington Station platforms and have turned one of those fans off.

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are you sure that was water?

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Ruggles sometimes does, on the upper platform where you get off the bus.

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Moving air is helpful even if it's hot. Try riding in a car with no AC on a hot day. You'll soon open the windows.

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Add this one to the numerous MBTA memes ! You have to be tough to endure the lack of AC. Another cut from the budget.

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It's a Dyson fan.

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Maybe it's an objet d'art like those huge hands with crossed fingers at Park Street Under or those metal gloves on the Porter escalator.

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Before the cars and trains were air conditioned, the tunnels and platforms were always naturally cool, from being so far underground, even on the hottest summer day..

Inside the trains, of course, it was hellishly hot.

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As with the London underground, the heat primarily comes from braking. AC heat load is insignificant in comparison (as is heat from mechanical losses, people, and the trains pushing air around.)

The tunnels are warmer because the tunnels themselves are sinking less heat. After many decades of heat going into them, the ground is warming up, and so is the air.

The only practical solution is to implement dynamic braking on the cars, and allow the MBTA substations to dump power back into the grid when other trains can't utilize the power...or implementing energy storage subsystems. Small gains might be possible by designing stations and ventilation towers to encourage more convective airflow and so on.

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...wait for it...out of its comfort zone.

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The platform at Kenmore was over 100 degrees I bordered a green line trolley that was cold as ice. The driver in a gravely voice announced "There is no orange line service at Park street" which confused everyone since there has never been orange line service at Park Street.
I then went down to the red line platform at Park street and swear the sculpture over the tracks was giving the passengers the finger.

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You get off at Park, and walk through the tunnel between Park and Downtown Crossing.

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did exist for a few years, 1901 to 1908.

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It wouldn't be the Orange Line until over a half century later.

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How about a partnership with the city. It provides blades and asks its residents to not unplug mbta property.

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so The Danger Zone® can have two sets.

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I laughed when I saw a fan with no blades until I saw a train with no wheels.

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It's a fairweather fan. I'm sure it will have blades again when the mbta breaks it's losing streak.

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Nice.

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NM

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In the spirit of Pride Month, had a "gay" blade in Zorro..

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