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Hey, remember when the T blamed National Grid for some blown cable that took out three subway lines?

WCVB reports MBTA General Manager Phil Eng said today that the power cable that shorted out or blew up or something that tripped all the other power cables at North Station to shut down, taking the Blue, Green and Orange lines with them didn't belong to National Grid - it was the MBTA's own cable.

Eng said that workers are continuing to splice and stuff to get the 30-year-old cable back up and running, and that it was so damaged they haven't been able to figure out just what happened.



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Gee Phil, Boston has a Rat problem, blame the wire chewing Rats.

Filed under: How much you getting paid?

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U-Hub commenters were onto this weeks ago.

(It's me, hi, I'm the problem, it's me.)

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They were so definitive at first it was a National Grid cable.

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To those of us who have read obscure papers about the T's power system.

Unfortunately I know more about the T's power system than most of the T.

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At least Eng publicly admitted they were mistaken, and that it was in fact the T's fault. As sad as that is, it seems like a huge step in the right direction given some previous leaders at the T.

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I had it as Colonel Mustard in the Library with a Candelabra.

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..for the win!

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Anyone else remember when the T had their own power generation stations? Whatever happened to those?

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192 units of mixed income housing. The coal pocket is now Burroughs Wharf.

Freeport Street - now Yale Electric.

Albany Street - now where the place that has those put yourself inside a Van Gogh painting.

South Boston - Torn down in the past few years.

Cambridge - Now part of Harvard.

There were others.

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At the corner of Cummins Highway (Ashland Street until the 1930s) and Washington Street was a huge Boston Street Railway generating plant substation.

(Thanks to John Costello on pointing out what it was.)

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Not a generating plant.

The plants were placed where it was easy to get coal delivered. That's why they were each water / riverfront.

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I always thought that was a main generator, especially where multiple trolley (and later trolleybus) routes came through. If I remember correctly, it was painted in funky colors up until the 1980s/1990s.

Thanks for letting me know (and I'm serious on this).

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