TRAIN TRACKS IN BLACK & WHITE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trains and Tracks

Boston has many trains. Commuter trains as well as trains to DC. Florida, and other places. More interestingly, it has trolleys: small trains that run through several towns used by local commuters.

Everyone loves them because unless the standard commuter trains, the trolleys run on time. It’s your job as a car driver to get out of the way when they come!

Trolley tracks in Boston streets
X – Crossing the tracks
Grafton train tracks

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

20 thoughts on “TRAIN TRACKS IN BLACK & WHITE – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Although they are now making a come back in several capital cities for many years Melbourne was the only city with trams. People always complain about driving there because of having to give way to trams. In the CBD where many lines cross it you have to make a right hand turn from the left lane which drives people crazy. As a non driver I think trams are great though :-).

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    1. It is really a pain driving on a road with those trams. Your tires get stuck in the rails and if there’s a train coming, you’d better get out of the way FAST. I find those roads nervewracking to be on, but commuters love them. They run on time, unlike the buses and they don’t stink like the subways.

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  2. We don’t have Trams in our smaller country town, but Zürich has a complete system, as well as Bern and most larger Swiss cities. They are a bother when driving a car. We have our local railway and that can be a bother, especially when one of the many crossing gates close in front of the car and you have to wait for the train to pass.

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    1. Leslie, I covered some “fun” high speed cop chases back in the 70’s when Boston had LOTS of very busy train tracks in the downtown area and around the Fenway neighborhood. The bad guys usually robbed banks at the height of rush hour and it often was like a Mack Sennett two reeler. Not good if you’ve just had lunch.

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            1. Leslie, they were shooting a crime melodrama with Burt Reynolds and Yul Byrnner during one of the high speed car chases across the tram tracks. It was wacko crazy!

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                1. Leslie, I forget the name of the movie. Might’ve been “SHAMUS” but I am not sure. This was back in the 70’s. I remember Burt Reynolds hung out with locals. Byrnner did not. They shot a couple of scenes in one of my favorite “watering holes”. Burt bought several rounds for the “house”.

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                    1. Leslie, Burt seemed to be a nice guy with us locals. He also was friendly with the “plain folks’ who approached him. He didn’t do the Hollywood thing. Yul Brynner was just the opposite. I remember years later, in the 80’s, Yul was doing a road show version of “The King And I’”. He had his Boston dressing room completely done in black. It was very weird.

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