At 7 a.m., the MBTA reported a track fire on the Red Line at South Station was causing major delays - about a half hour after a deceased train at Park Street caused its own set of issues.
Boston fire was not happy when the red line derailed at Andrew and smoked filled the station and they were never notified.
This is the third MBTA track fire in three days. Have they stopped cleaning the stations or something?
Wait, when did they start cleaning stations?
Another track fire on the red line now.
The rails are steel. Are the ties still wooden rather than concrete?
Yes, ties are still wooden in that area. Also, there tends to be a lot of trash on the tracks. One stray newspaper and one spark from a third rail or wet equipment underneath a train and there you go.
and trash near the third rail equals fire.
My commute landed me in middle of things.
The train in front of me was the disabled train, so we were running slow. As we sat in a tunnel waiting my car issued a "wham" and we lost the lights. Lights eventually came back on, but that incicent caused my car/train was taken out of service at Park st. The next train that got us was the 'last' train out of S Station northbound before the fire holdup.
Quite the commute....
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