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By adamg - 7/12/19 - 11:47 am
New Orange Line train roars through North Station

And then, of course, because this was one of those sparkly new trains, with air conditioning and doors that work and no rust, it just kept on going on yet another test run, this time through North Station, as Chris stood there and watched this morning.

By adamg - 7/10/19 - 8:57 am
By adamg - 7/10/19 - 8:03 am
Orange Line cars being dropped off at a Red Line yard

John Hanzl spotted two of those new Orange Line cars being delivered this morning at the T's Red Line yard in South Boston, rather than at, oh, the Orange Line yard in Medford.

By adamg - 7/3/19 - 2:12 pm
Truck wedged under an Orange Street bridge in Malden

Gordon Hallett shows us that yet another truck driver has learned a valuable lesson at the bridge that carries the Orange Line over Medford Street in Malden around noon today: That if a bridge has a sign reading 12'6", you better make sure your truck is a couple inches shorter than that, or you're going to get mocked mercilessly for storrowing a bridge. And a ticket.

By adamg - 6/30/19 - 4:27 pm

The MBTA shut power on the Orange Line in the area of Stony Brook around 4:05 p.m. after receiving word a shirtless, shoeless man had gotten onto the tracks and was ambling around. Transit Police arrived and managed to convince Shoeless Joe that was not the best of ideas, got him back up on the platform and radioed in that the power could go back on and service resume, around 4:20 p.m.

By adamg - 6/27/19 - 5:01 pm

The MBTA reports workers have put out the "leaf debris that was smoldering" just inbound from Ruggles that was causing smoke and delays of up to 15 minutes on the Orange Line as train drivers were ordered to stand by rather than risk driving through the Great Smoky Tracks. No word if the $50 million in extra T spending the governor just announced includes money for rakes.

By adamg - 6/25/19 - 8:11 pm
Replace Me written in thr grime on the side of an Orange Line car

An underground artist left a message in the grime of what used to be the white wall of an Orange Line train that sighed to one more stop at the end of the line at Forest Hills.

By adamg - 6/24/19 - 12:00 pm

The MBTA reports Orange Line delays of up to ten minutes due to signal problems near North Station.

By adamg - 6/19/19 - 5:33 pm

Who knew the T took Orange Line trains out of service just because the AC stopped? Well, they do, or at least did this afternoon and of course that caused delays of up to 15 minutes on the line. The overheated train was taken out behind the barn at North Station and, well, we just don't want to know.

By adamg - 6/15/19 - 11:24 am

Nikki T watched as one of the brand spankin' new Orange Line trains barreled through Green Street station this morning. It didn't stop to let anyone enjoy that new-train odor, of course - it was just on a test run getting ready, we hear, for actual service later this summer. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/19 - 4:28 pm

The MBTA is reporting delays of up to 20 minutes on the Orange Line, due to a train that had to be taken out of service outbound at State Street, due to the sort of problems that won't happen when the new trains get here, um, whenever. Or as Karyn with a Y put it:

20 minutes for a train. get on and heat is blasting. go one stop and it goes out of service. WHERE ARE THE NEW TRAINS?!

By adamg - 6/4/19 - 10:45 pm

Sangwiche captured a T worker trying to chase a swan off the Orange Line tracks at Assembly Row this morning (recall how the Orange Line was brought to a halt 10 or so days ago by a swan on the tracks): Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/19 - 12:50 pm

The Globe provides the latest estimate from the T on the first of the new Orange Line cars that have been undergoing testing more extensive than the T had hoped due to some signaling software issues.

By adamg - 6/3/19 - 11:32 am
Orange Line punching suspect

Surveillance photos via TPD.

Transit Police report they are looking for a guy they say walked up to another man on an Orange Line train approaching State Street around 3:25 p.m. on May 8 and "without warning or provocation" punched him in the face so hard the man required surgery. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/19 - 3:32 pm
Wanted for larceny at Oak Grove Orange Line station

Photos of the guy from before and after he snagged the backpack, via TPD.

Transit Police have released photos of a man they say made off with a backpack containing two laptops and other items from another person at the Oak Grove Orange Line station around 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/24/19 - 9:25 am

NealG reports:

That’s a new one, Orange Line motorwoman on train at Back Bay: “attention passengers, this train will be standing by due to a distraught swan in the right of way near Wellington Station."

Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/19 - 9:05 pm
Firefighters at Forest Hills Orange Line station

Katy Purington got a glimpse of Boston firefighters at Forest Hills station around 7:50 p.m. for what the MBTA called "a mechanical fire" on a train. Read more.

By adamg - 5/15/19 - 11:22 am

MassLive.com reports a congressional committee will look at the potential national-security threat posed by letting American subway systems buy rolling stock from a Chinese company with an assembly plant in Springfield - you just never know if the Chinese government will install cameras and use them to spy on us God-fearing Americans. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/19 - 7:12 pm

The MBTA reports it's now running shuttle buses between Ruggles and North Station.

By adamg - 4/15/19 - 1:55 pm

Boston firefighters responded to the Forest Hills Orange Line station around 1:45 p.m. after an electrical heater burst into flames. Quickly knocked down.

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