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Misc Photography

Boston Trolleybuses: Part 2 – BSRA Farewell Fantrip

As you know by now, the MBTA’s long running trackless trolleys are being retired at the end of service on March 12th. The Boston Street Railway Association, essentially Boston’s top railfan organization, organized a Farewell to the Trackless Trolleys fantrip on February 19th, and I attended, so now Meirk wants me to give a retelling […]

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Misc Photography

Boston Trolleybuses: Part 1 – Photographic Documentation

Since the trolleybus system of Boston is shutting down today, we wanted to pay it homage in the form of two articles, this one containing a boatload of pictures mostly taken by me, mostly as I walked the system on February 23rd, 2022. The pictures will be provided as we walked (chronologically), and not exactly […]

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Misc

Misc: Petition to Save Trolleybuses in Boston

I apologise for the quick and informal, I would like to forward this petition about saving the trolleybuses in Boston, the MBTA has planned to close the system within the coming months, and have only recently announced that it will be in March. From what I know the general opinion about this closure has been […]

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Reviews

SEPTA Subway-Surface: Unmodernized

Prologue Well, here we are back in Philadelphia, now for the final time. To finish out Philadelphia and in fact the Northeast in general (of the “first gen systems”), here’s the Septa Subway-Surface lines, in which we’re including the 15 – Girard Avenue line. This is a huge and rather disorganized system, so get ready […]

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Trips

Trip: Aaron dragged me on GATRA

So, my friend Aaron, aka aquaticpotato3677, happens to be a bus nerd, specifically the kind of person who likes exotic services. So, on the 12th of August, he decided to drag me to spend a day on GATRA, a rural bus operator on southern Massachusetts. The goal: ride every one of GATRA’s “Go” services, which […]

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Reviews Special

Special: New York Museum of Transportation

Prologue Recently I was passing by the New York Museum of Transportation, and since our current policy on museums is “only if you visited”, because they’re often poorly documented online (which is not the case here), it was barely a question that I should make a visit. Unfortunately, my visit was fairly short. I needed […]

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Reviews

South Shore Line: The Interurban That Refused to Die

Prologue The South Shore Line is a electric railroad that runs a single service from Downtown Chicago through northwest Indiana, serving highly industrialized areas, and eventually cornfields and sand dunes, as it approaches its terminus in South Bend. Its unique characteristics often give it the nickname “America’s Last Interurban” among railfans. Overview The system is […]

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Norristown High Speed Line: Proudly Unconventional

Prologue Our next stop brings us back to Philadelphia and the Norristown High Speed Line, one of the most unique lines that qualify to be written about on this blog, which mixes multiple modes together in a special way and was one of the highest quality interurbans of the 1900s. The line still exists today, […]

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Bonus Reviews

Bonus: Inclines of Pittsburgh

Prologue Sorry for not getting to this earlier, this is hopefully going to be a quick review of two of Pittsburgh‘s (relatively) unique elements of transport: Overview I’d like to share this inspiring, emotional quotation that will tell you everything: “It’s Pittsburgh[,] [e]verything is blocked by a hill[.]” – Daria Phoebe So… as you can […]

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Reviews

Pittsburgh Light Rail: Functional and Unconventional

Prologue Pittsburgh’s light rail may look like a classic 80’s system from afar, especially with its core subway and extensive utilization of railroad right of way, but it is in fact a transformed first gen system, and contains a rich and varied history. With lots of bridges and tunnels, light rail vehicles faithfully serve the […]