MBTA-Boston: Traction Orange PCCs.

Mattapan-Ashmont Line, October 25, 2014.

It was a clear bright morning and Tim Doherty and I made our annual visit to the Mattapan-Ashmont Red Line extension to photograph the PCC cars. See: MBTA Sunday October 27, 2013—Part 1.

A vintage Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority PCC crosses Central Avenue on October 25, 2014. Exposed with a Lumix LX7.
A vintage Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority PCC crosses Central Avenue on October 25, 2014. Exposed with a Lumix LX7.

Some of my earliest photographic efforts focused on MBTA PCCs, albeit on the Riverside Line.

These photographs were exposed digitally. Tim was working with film using a Pentax 6×7 120 roll film camera.

Approaching Cedar Grove inbound. I tried this angle last year but I wasn't 100 percent satisfied with my result, so I tried it again. Exposed using a Canon 7D with 100mm lens.
Approaching Cedar Grove inbound. I tried this angle last year but I wasn’t 100 percent satisfied with my result, so I tried it again. Exposed using a Canon 7D with 100mm lens. I shaded the front lens element using my note book to minimize flare.
Near Cedar Grove, the first stop from the Ashmont terminal. Canon 7D with 200mm lens.
Near Cedar Grove, the first stop from the Ashmont terminal. A Red Line rapid transit car can be seen in the distance. Canon 7D with 200mm lens.
Pausing for a station stop at Cedar Grove. Lumix LX7 photo.
Pausing for a station stop at Cedar Grove. Lumix LX7 photo.
PCC cars benefit from rapid acceleration.
PCC cars benefit from rapid acceleration.
MBTA displays its heritage at Cedar Grove. October 25, 2014. Lumix LX7 photo.
MBTA displays its heritage at Cedar Grove. October 25, 2014. Lumix LX7 photo.
The Matapan-Ashmont line was one of the earliest examples of a heavy rail to trolley conversion. This had been a New Haven Railroad line and for several years heavy rail freight service lines ran parallel to the trolley line. Today the railroad right of way is a rail trail. The trolley line fly-over crosses the old railroad in the distance. Exposed from the platforms at Butler.
The Matapan-Ashmont line was one of the earliest examples of a heavy rail to trolley conversion. This had been a New Haven Railroad line and for several years heavy rail freight service lines ran parallel to the trolley line. Today the railroad right of way is a rail trail. The trolley line fly-over crosses the old railroad in the distance. Exposed from the platforms at Butler.

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Clear blue skies south of Boston. Lumix LX7 photo.
Clear blue skies south of Boston. Lumix LX7 photo.
Lumix LX7 photo. Contrast adjusted in post processing.
Lumix LX7 photo. Contrast adjusted in post processing.

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