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By adamg - 12/24/19 - 6:48 pm

The Orange Line has delays of up to 15 minutes due to an inbound train with "an air pressure problem" at Haymarket.

Also, there's a dead Amtrak train at 128 gumming up service on the Providence Line.

By adamg - 11/19/19 - 9:03 am

Delays on the Providence Line yesterday are being repeated this morning, if not quite as astoundingly. An hour delay on a train out of Wickford Junction yesterday has found a shadow in today's 810 out of Providence, which developed some of those "mechanical problems" and was more than 30 minutes late.

Signal problems on the Worcester Line, meanwhile, mean delays of up to 40 minutes on trains between Auburndale and South Station.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 12:01 pm

A downed power line in Canton is causing major havoc for Northeast Corridor and Providence and Stoughton Line train service.

By adamg - 8/27/19 - 12:02 pm

CommonWealth Magazine reports Massachusetts and Rhode Island are looking to rent some locos from Amtrak as a way of providing faster, cleaner service between Boston and Providence. No timetable or any other specifics released.

By adamg - 7/25/19 - 8:50 pm
Flames from Providence Line locomotive

The fire-belching loco. Photo by KMV.

Passengers heading towards Providence had to evacuate their train in Canton Junction after the train experienced a "mechanical issue" that included the diesel belching fire, around 8 p.m. More flaming action.

By adamg - 5/28/19 - 8:41 pm
By adamg - 5/16/19 - 1:14 pm

Alon Levy ponders the oddity that is the Providence Line: Completely set up for more reliable electric trains, yet the T - which owns the tracks from South Station to the Rhode Island line - continues to run diesel locomotives on it.

By adamg - 5/16/19 - 10:13 am

An inbound train that died early this morning on the Providence Line caused a cascade of delays that made some commuters more than two hours late getting into Boston.

By adamg - 4/29/19 - 5:21 pm

The MBTA is reporting delays on the Providence/Stoughton line due to "a switch issue."

By adamg - 4/5/19 - 5:16 pm

The MBTA reports delays are piling up outbound to Providence and Stoughton due to a switch near 128 that is being a bad, bad switch.

By adamg - 5/12/18 - 9:45 pm

The Globe reports the Senate wants the MBTA to look at electrifying the Providence and Fairmount lines - with the goal of having them run on electricity by 2022.

By adamg - 1/19/18 - 9:40 am

WBZ's Ryan Kath runs alongside the sprinting commuters at the Westwood/128 station, as they try to get to their cars and to the furshlugginer exit gates that now routinely keep people trapped inside the garage for 20 minutes every evening.

By adamg - 11/20/17 - 9:00 am

Kevin Essington reports 100+ commuters were left stranded at the TF Green stop on the Providence Line this morning when two trains breathed their last.

Reminder: The governor of Rhode Island wants the T to start express service from Providence to Boston.

By adamg - 10/30/17 - 7:24 am
Flattened car in Roslindale

Flattened car on Primrose Street in Roslindale.

Trees fell, power lines snapped and cats raced through apartments looking for a safe space as the Great Sou'easter of 2017 roared through the state overnight. Read more.

By adamg - 6/13/17 - 8:21 am
Train car on fire in Mansfield

Photo by Mansfield Police.

A freight car full of construction debris on the Northeast Corridor tracks in Mansfield erupted into flames around 4:30 a.m., Mansfield Police report.

Crews were able to maneuver the flaming car from the area of the Rte. 140 crossing to tracks off County Street, where the thing was still on fire as of 6:30 a.m.

By adamg - 2/17/17 - 5:46 pm

This morning's switch problems at 128 have morphed into signal problems at Canton Junction and so Keolis is warning of Trump-level (you know, yuuge) delays on the Providence and Stoughton lines.

By adamg - 2/17/17 - 7:56 am

Keolis was blaming Amtrak signal problems for the major delays and cancellations on the Providence and Stoughton lines this morning, but Amtrak says, no, not signal problems - switch problems, near the 128 station in Westwood:

Due to a switch outage near Route 128 Station, Amtrak and commuter trains are experiencing delays moving through the area. Amtrak engineering forces are on the scene and are working to resolve the issue as quickly and safely as possible.

By adamg - 12/25/16 - 12:01 am

Transit Police report a man, about 30, was on the Northeast Corridor tracks near 700 S. Main St. around 10 p.m. when he was hit by an outbound commuter-rail train.

Police say foul play is not suspected.

By adamg - 11/9/16 - 8:50 am

Sam Sam reports on her ride into town this morning:

Absolutely silent on my CR train this morning. It's like we're all in mourning of the death of someone we know.

Read more.

By adamg - 9/22/16 - 1:12 pm

At least one train has already been cancelled as police investigate the 12:30 p.m. incident, but the T is bracing passengers to expect "significant delays." Mansfield Police report the person is dead - on a stretch of tracks where Amtrak trains travel at well over 100 m.p.h.

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