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By adamg - 7/11/19 - 3:34 pm

MassDOT reports people who normally ride the Needham Line on Saturdays will have to find another way to get around between Aug. 3 and Oct. 12 to let workers install a "positive train control" system that will make the line safer by keeping trains from going too fast and reducing the odds they might crash into each other.

Preparation for the new system has included cutting down trees along the right of way in recent months.

By adamg - 4/12/19 - 3:20 pm
Robert Street train bridge

The MBTA plans to begin replacing the bridge that carries the Needham Line over Robert Street at the Roslindale Village train station early next year. Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/19 - 8:53 am
Onboard a darkened, dead Needham Line train near Ruggles

At 8:42 a.m., Lauren P G reported from a dead, dark Needham Line train - which was stuck behind an even deader Franklin Line train: Read more.

By adamg - 12/27/18 - 11:31 am

Way back in November, Mike Schreck wondered why one particular evening train on the Needham Line left Back Bay at 6:01 p.m. rather than the scheduled 6:03 p.m., which meant he missed the train home. Last week, he finally got an answer from Keolis: Read more.

By adamg - 11/25/18 - 10:19 pm

Keolis crews have been going down the Needham Line in recent days chopping down trees and limbs along the track that "are dead or could fall in storm and stop service," a MassDot spokesperson says.

By adamg - 11/21/18 - 9:11 am
Sunrise from the Needham Line

Will Vincent watched the sunrise from an inbound Needham Line train in Roslindale this morning.

Rick Macomber, meanwhile, was on the Zakim: Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/18 - 3:11 pm
Locomotive on fire in West Roxbury

Karl Seibert photographed the flames on a diesel behind the police station and the Roche Center in West Roxbury around 2:20 p.m. Took some video of firefighters clambering on the engine.

There is no passenger service on the line on Sundays.

By adamg - 10/22/18 - 8:47 am

Kerry O'Brien is on a Needham Line train with no heat, no light and no open seats. On the bright side, it is moving.

By adamg - 9/24/18 - 8:54 am
Overcrowded train at Roslindale Village

Around 8:15 a.m., Kerry O'Brien reported an inbound Needham Line train was so crowded people at Roslindale Village couldn't get on.

By adamg - 7/16/18 - 9:42 am

So Keolis had to cancel the 7:32 a.m. train out of Needham for some reason, which meant the next train into town was packed with two trains' worth of people. And, Kerry O'Brien reports, no air conditioning. Read more.

By adamg - 6/20/18 - 8:12 pm
Cops looking for kid

Cops walking through park to the river. Photo by Mary Ellen.

First responders, including a Boston Fire dive team, rushed to the Charles River near Millennium Park in West Roxbury this evening after a conductor on a Needham Line commuter-rail train reported seeing a kid jump off the bridge that crosses the river there as the train approached. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/18 - 9:44 am

Even with a guaranteed - and free - parking space in the City Hall garage, at-large City Councilor Michelle Wu usually takes the T to work from her home in Roslindale. This week, she decided to experiment and up her game - and try to get around Boston only on the T and Hubway. She chronicled her experience: Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/18 - 5:57 pm

The MBTA is blaming "an Amtrak switch issue" at Forest Hills for massive delays on all the lines out of South Station that use the Northeast Corridor.

Hank Layfield reports from a Needham Line train:

Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/17 - 11:56 am

MassDOT reports that 48 spaces at Needham Junction will no longer be available to commuters come Monday: Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/17 - 4:17 pm

At 3:38 p.m., Mikhaela Houston tweeted from onboard a train to Needham that is just sitting at Bellevue on the Roslindale/West Roxbury line: Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/17 - 10:26 am

When the heat gets too hot, Worcester and Needham Line trains have to go extra slow because, of course, the tracks weren't designed to handle regular-speed trains in the heat. Or as Goodband-C puts it when talking about what is normally 33-minute ride on the Needham Line:

Crawling into South Station a quick 80 minute trip from Hersey.

By adamg - 4/24/17 - 5:29 pm

All the recent Twitter hubbub about fares at the new Brighton commuter-rail station got state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to thinking: Could there be other stations near downtown that have unfair fares? Read more.

By adamg - 12/19/16 - 8:29 am

Around 8 a.m., Adam Kessel boarded an inbound Needham Line train only to find (again):

Bodies packed tight, including in vestibules between cars. Unsafe, uncomfortable. Illegal?

A few minutes later, he checked in from Ruggles:

Train just left Ruggles with dozens unable to deboard, trapped on train. No one around to hear shouts.

By adamg - 12/1/16 - 8:57 am
Turtle car hit by train in Needham

Somebody parked their formerly expensive car just a little too close to the tracks at the Needham Heights station this morning and a Needham Line train took exception and flipped that puppy upside down. One train was canceled and others were delayed, although things were mostly back on track by 8:20 a.m. or so.

By adamg - 11/4/16 - 6:08 pm

The T reports:

Franklin Train 722 (5:04 pm inbound) has departed Forge Park/495 & is operating 50-60 min late due to the rescue of disabled Train 720.

Read more.

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