I got up before . I decided I wasn’t going to sleep anymore and got ready. I went
to the front desk to see if I could pay, yet I couldn’t until after I had to
leave to get to Seashore. I headed off to
I boarded a
When I got to North Station, I filmed my subway departing before heading into the train station. When I got to the station, I saw three MBTA commuter trains, but no Downeaster. The arrivals board said my train was to leave on time. It also said that Amtrak 690 was due at , but then the board changed to announce the train was 10 minutes late. Meanwhile, I photographed the MBTA commuter trains.
I was seated in Amfleet 1 Capstone coach #82632. The Downeaster runs as a push-pull train with a P42 at one end and a former F40 cab car at the other. The seats in the coaches are arranged so half face forwards and half face backwards to avoid flipping the seats at the end of the line which decreases turning time.
Train 691 departed on time. Shortly after we left, I filmed the MBTA yard. Shortly after we left, I went to the café car for breakfast. This would be the only time on the trip I had to pay for breakfast as breakfast in free at my hostel, and the two hotels I stayed at.
We were soon underway again as we stopped at
After we departed, I called what I thought was the
I filmed the train pulling out. I waited for my ride. I called the number
again, but no answer. I soon realized I was dialing the wrong number, (only the
last digit)! I called
When I got to the dealership, I filled out the necessary paperwork. The people at the dealership talked me into paying an extra $20 for insurance if the rental car was wrecked.
I had requested an economy car because it was the cheapest. However, they didn’t have any that day, so they gave me the PT Cruiser I was picked up in for no additional cost! I was a bit worried on gas mileage, but I was assured the car was good on gas.
I was soon on my way. I made a wrong turn pulling into a parking lot by mistake, but I then got to Seashore without any further problems. I had gotten there about 30 minutes later than I wanted to, but I still had plenty of time.
The day I visited Seashore was Founders’ Day and they had several cars
out. I took some photos. Seashore is also the first trolley museum in
I began looking around the museum.
I looked inside one barn and photographed former
I then walked over to another barn and took some photos of some buses and trolleybuses on the way.
I photographed two former
I then entered the car barn where I saw what I had come to see: Former Toronto Witt car #2890. I took some photos of the car.
I also photographed some sheets about 2890 that were in the windows.
I then looked around the barn and
photographed some other cars including a weird looking car from
This is the strange car from
I then went outside and photographed an exhibit on how Seashore’s cars are delivered to the museum. They even have a former Boston PCC on a flatbed trailer! The day I visited, that car was covered by a tarp.
This board explains how Seashore’s cars are delivered.
I spoke to a member at Seashore. When I told him I was a member of HCRR, they told me that earlier in the week; some people from HCRR had visited.
I then went back to the visitors’
centre. They were starting a trolley parade. I photographed many cars and in
some cases compared them to cars at the
car I photographed was
Next came in Wheeling Traction Company car #639. The car has been recently restored. However, some work still has to be done. I noticed the third axle of the car kept slipping when the car was trying to accelerate.
car to appear was former Chicago Surface Lines car #225. When the car was in
Next came Manchester & Nashua St. Railway car #38. I compared that car to TCR 55 at HCRR as this car was the second car Seashore acquired.
After car 38, the next car was former MBTA snow scraper #5159. The next car after was a former MBTA line car with a platform that can be raised.
They brought in former MBTA Flyer E800 trolleybus #4013. I took some photos of it and even got a ride in it. There are about 10 similar buses still with MBTA as part of their reserve fleet and they don’t venture out a lot.
Seashore has some double wire to
run trolleybuses, though they don’t have a full loop and the buses have to back
up when they get to the end which is kind of a shame. Though that’s better than
HCRR; they have acquired a number of trolleybuses from
I then photographed a few fishbowls.
Next in the trolley parade was
Next came a former MBTA track unit that has an electromagnet. They demonstrated the magnet by having the unit pick up a metal chair! Next came the former New York Redbird subway cars I photographed earlier.
Next former SEPTA PCC #2709 showed up. As it went around the loop, it made the characteristic squeal. I learned that all PCCs make the noise as a result of the shape of the wheels; they are “bell shaped”. In the early 1990s, residents along the TTC’s Harbourfront streetcar line complained about the noise the PCCs made when they went around the loop, the cars were removed and used on other lines. However, I don’t think the newer cars are much better. Those cars were the 19 cars that were mothballed in 1995.
The first cars out would be the redbirds. I photographed the interiors of the cars and took a seat in car 9327. After awhile, the cars finally headed out. The ride on the redbirds reminded me of the times I got to ride the Gloucesters at HCRR. After the ride, I looked around the exhibits at the visitors’ centre and bought something to eat. I was soon stunned to realize I had used up much of the space on my 1 GB memory stick. I had a couple smaller memory sticks, so I realized I had to be careful.
I wanted to
ride former SEPTA PCC 2709, but they were in the process of putting it away. I
was disappointed. I then went to see the two “State Of the Art Cars” that were
demonstrated on several rapid transit systems including
I then went by the main restoration barn at Seashore and took a few photographs including what appeared to be one of 2890’s trucks lying around.
I believe this is one of 2890’s trucks awaiting regauging.
I then went on and photographed some more trolleys on display in various states of restoration.
Next, I photographed some of the
buses in Seashore’s collection including a former TTC Flyer D700 that was
bought by a seniors’ residence in
Former TTC Flyer D700 #7521.
Even though the fishbowl on the left looks
I then returned to the parking lot to return my bag to my rental car. In the parking lot, I saw and photographed former Portland Flexible #8801.
I dropped my bag in my rental car.
This was my rental car on the trip, a Chrysler PT Cruiser.
Next, I took a ride on former Third Ave Railway Company car #631.
After the ride, I photographed PCC 2709 in the barn and some other exhibits.
I then proceeded to take a few more photos of the buses and trolleybuses in Seashore’s collection.
to buy something from the gift shop. While I was looking, I saw a children’s
book about the Downeaster. I think this is the first Amtrak route to be the
subject of a children’s book! I eventually chose a fridge magnet that had Peter
Witt 2890 in the background. I then walked up to the street. Along the way I
photographed some cars. I then went by the street and photographed former
walked up and took some more photos of other cars at Seashore including former
By now it
was 4:15 pm. I was planning on leaving at as the
museum would close at . I
decided to leave early. I got into my rental car and headed out. I stopped at a
gas station just before I returned my rental car. Even though gas cost more
than $4.00 per gallon, the gas cost me less than $6.00 since I only dove to
Seashore from the rental place. I compare it to driving from my house to the
Wal-Mart I work at. I then returned to the
I then called a cab. It took three times because I got a busy signal, but I finally got through. The cab soon came and took me back to the Amtrak station, though I had about three hours before my train was to arrive. Before we got to the train station, the cab driver heard a radio transmission that there was a freight train coming with five locomotives. He took a detour to avoid the railway crossing and dropped me off at the train station just as the last car of the freight train passed. I paid the driver and got out. I waited around the station before I walked over to Rapid Ray’s for dinner. After dinner, I returned to the station.
awhile, Amtrak train #695. I observed it was the same set of equipment that I
rode up to
while later, I photographed a southbound Pan Am Railways freight led by two
locomotives still in
I waited around awhile, taking a couple walks. I noticed that when a red light was on the main street, cars would often stop on the railway tracks on the crossing just before the light. I wonder how often there are accidents here.
Amtrak train 697 arrived at . I filmed the train arriving and then departing.
A few minutes after 697 departed, my train; Amtrak Downeaster train #698 pulled in. I filmed the train arriving.
had the same equipment as the train I rode down to
The train stopped in Wells and then crossed into New Hampshire. By now, it was dark. We then stopped at Dover, Durham ~ UNH, and Exeter. We then crossed into the state of Massachusetts. We then stopped at Haverhill and Woburn. As we neared Boston North Station, I saw some RDCs on a side track. Train 698 arrived into Boston North Station 13 minutes late. Once I got off, I took a photo.
I then went to the orange line subway station to take a train back to Back Bay. I photographed a trolley on the Green Line and then my Orange Line subway arriving.
I rode back to Back Bay station and walked back to my hostel. Once I got there, I was eventually finally able to pay. I bought some milk from the 7-11 across the street and eventually called it a night.
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