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Red Line tracks get all smoky; Red Line riders bemoan being so pokey

Smokey Red Line

Firefighters had to foam down a smoking Red Line on the Longfellow Bridge just past Charles/MGH around 6 p.m. Gabriel Fishman, who captured the scene just as firefighters arrived, reports they made short work of whatever the problem was and that service seemed to start up not long after.

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You're going to run out of puns before MBTA runs out of failures.

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The T doesn't run when it is hot out
The T doesn't run when it is cold out
The T doesn't run when it rains out
The T doesn't run when it gets to windy
The T doesn't run when it snows out
The T doesn't run when it gets to icy
They do have an excellent PR department who come up with great excuses when the system crashes

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Someone posted a pic of a handmade roulette wheel of the T's couple dozen standard excuses, back during the snowpocalypse. Wish I saved it. Anyone remember the file and have a link?

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And they didn't alert the passengers about what the issue was. People on the train were on the verge of freaking out.

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If service started right up after the fire was extinguished, then I'm guessing what burned was not part of the track power supply or signaling systems.

Litter or other trash on the tracks would seem more likely, but the picture shows quite a lot of smoke, as though someone threw a big bag full of garbage over the wall.
                    ( more Beacon Hill trash dumpers? )
Perhaps someone with working knowledge of the can explain: what would burn like this?

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Maybe something metallic that fell on the third rail and shorted it. That could produce a pretty spectacular amount of smoke and sparks, without actually causing much permanent damage.

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At least it didn't happen to the CR. If it had, six months from now Keolis would still be blaming their late trains for today's fire.

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