Massive delays and severe delays on the Silver Line.
Today is the anniversary of the start of the Great Fire of 1872, which destroyed 776 buildings over 65 acres in downtown Boston (and which spread quickly in part because of the flu - which had stricken many of the horses that would otherwise have pulled fire engines to the scene).
The Boston Architectural College Library posted this drawing of the fire tonight (the fire started around 7 p.m.).
A homeless man who has been repeatedly filing suits in state and federal court since at least 1995 had his latest suit - against some Suffolk County jail guards - dismissed by a federal judge who didn't cotton to him telling her to "read his lips" in one of his motions. Read more.
A train died at Downtown Crossing and now the MBTA reports "moderate" delays towards Ashmont and Braintree. Peter Amstutz reports the train had help on its journey across the River Styx:
at RL at DTX, was a commotion & someone yelling stop the train, someone pulled emergency break, whole train out of service!
A trolley died between Government Center and Haymarket and caused all sorts of grief for Green Line riders. The MBTA is currently reporting residual "minor" delays.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Green Line due to a recalcitrant switch at Park Street.
On Thursday, a woman stood outside the Park Street subway station, feeding pigeons - much like another woman did more than 100 years ago: Read more.
The Globe reports a fed-up Fitchburg Line rider decided he'd rather make a point and get arrested than comply with a "Fare is Fair" order that he go to the ticket window to get a replacement for his valid, if faded, monthly pass.
J.L. Bell recounts one young man's hair-raising experience as he walked his cow to Boston Common for some grazing.
Garry Waldeck spotted Johnny Reb's pickup in Downtown Crossing this morning. The truck's registered in Pennsylvania, which, we seem to recall from history class, was on the Northern side during the War of Southern Aggression.
At 6:01 p.m., the MBTA reported "moderate" delays on the Orange Line towards Forest Hills after a train gasped its last at Downtown Crossing - the second Orange Line train to die in today's afternoon rush hour.
WBUR reports on the opening of its sales office.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays even after workers hauled away the carcass of a dead Green Line trolley at Government Center.