This marks the first day of the month of May, which I have decided will be MBCR Month. What I plan to do this month is explore every inch of the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail’s span. That includes 12 different lines consisting of 134 stations. I plan on riding every train taking loads of pictures and picking up all sorts of information along the way. I have set up this Tumblr to share all my pictures and everything I learn as I go with whomever would like to follow along. So let’s just get right into it since I have a lot of distance to go.
I’m going to start with North Station, the inbound terminus for the Lowell, Haverhill, Fitchburg, and Newburyport/Rockport lines. The Amtrak Downeaster also leaves from North Station to go to Portland, Maine. Because today was a particularly dreary day here in Boston, I thought I’d use some of my more sunny pictures.
A train leaving North Station with the Zakim Bridge in the background and the Boston & Maine Signal Tower controlling the drawbridge.
For some reason, someone decided it would be a good idea to make the TD Garden and North Station one and the same. Good on one hand, because there are a variety of food stands for commuters; bad on the other, because there is absolutely no aesthetic appeal in the station whatsoever.
My plan with this Tumblr is to cover each station with its own individual post inlcuding pictures, a little bit of history, and some observational blurbs from me. I really look forward to this month of riding trains and exploring the areas around the stations!