The Mattapan-Ashmont Line


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Unlike all other cars used within the Boston Commuter Rail System, this PCC (President’s Conference Committee) car has been in almost continuous service on the Mattapan-Ashmont Line since 1929.
At many times in the past, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority has proposed to replace this car with a newer more modern one.  Each time, they have been met with opposition from the surrounding communities.
(Good for them!!)
I recently had the pleasure of riding on this little beauty, and what a wonderful experience it was!

Have a great week!

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46 comments

  1. Love this shot Lisa and great for the community for resisting a modern version and embracing the preservation of history! I hope all is well and that you’re also experiencing Spring like weather as i have been:-). xx

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  2. Thanks for the great history lesson here. You make this car come alive with your shot and most wonderful editing. I’m going to have to get there and take a ride on this myself…Thanks for sharing Lisa…just lovely.

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  3. What an awesome photo! You always amaze me Lisa with your talent.

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  4. Such a beautiful image ! It’s great people are opposing from replacing the train with a new one, it’s a really beautiful train.

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  5. Gorgeous image, Lisa! Lovely processing too. Trains are treasures. I love travelling on them…

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  6. That’s a nice peak into its history…
    Nice click Lisa… 🙂

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  7. Hi Lisa
    Super photo!!!
    Warm greetings from Warsaw.
    Happy weekend.

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  8. Love your image of that old car. Don´t let them take that away ! Now it is so old that it has become culture !

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  9. i love this photo .. its the sort of photo i love to sit and look at and think about … whats going on inside … where’s it headed … where’s it been … xo

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  10. There’s just something about trains, isn’t there? I hope they continue to use this car. New is not always better than old.

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  11. Oh and what an experience it must have been. How wonderful that people oppose replacing it. Quite a feat to be running after all these decades.
    Very well chosen processing to emphasize this beautiful train’s past. Thanks for sharing this bit of history with us — I love stuff like this.

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  12. Beautiful processing. Love the grainy look. We have the South Shore that travels from the airport in South Bend, Indiana and ends at Union Station in Chicago…

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  13. Thank you for sharing this story, It made me smile.
    Have a great day and keep smiling.

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  14. Yay for the folks who stood up and voted to keep this beauty!

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  15. Lovely colours and a strong composition emphasized by the use of a telephoto lens. The texture adds atmosphere and hints at times gone by.

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  16. I love the photo and also your processing, Lisa! It makes me want to jump on the train and take a ride, too.
    Have a wonderful week, Lisa!

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  17. Lisa – great textures in this. A lovely interpretation of the scene. 🙂

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  18. I love train rides and your train above is such a lovely cheerful orange colour. It would be good if people used public transport more often to avoid all the pollution created by cars. The world would be a much cleaner place and Global warming could be slowed down.

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  19. Beautiful image Lisa. Love the way you’ve processed it.

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  20. Other than an excursion train, we don’t have access to passenger trains here. No need for commuter trains…and the Amtrak doesn’t stop in this county anymore. I love riding a train, and would love to be able to do it again. This is a wonderful image, Lisa!

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  21. That’s very cool – I ride the mbta everyday and never knew this. And your photo makes the subway car look charming! Now if only riding everyday felt that way 😉

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  22. I love it – the texture is great and adds to the car’s vintage – ness. Have a great day!

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  23. What a delight to travel with this historic treasure, darling Lisa, I’m sure you’ve had a lovely time !

    Hope you’re having a great week so far,
    I’m sending hugs and more hugs to you

    XO Dany

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  24. How wonderful to have that piece of “history” still alive and well! A wonderful subject, photo, and processing, Lisa. Thanks for sharing it! Have a beautiful day! xo

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  25. I’ve never taken a train here in the US yet! oh my, I need to do it already… 🙀 lovely photo and love how it looks like a canvas art.

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  26. Fabulous photo, Lisa.
    I SO MUCH love the idea of traveling on this train.
    There is something FREEING about that image. xx From MN.

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  27. The subject matter is a wonderful choice. As other have mentioned, the post-processing is excellent. I would guess it has a canvas like look. The lighting lends itself to an aged piece. Well done, Lisa!!!

    I can see how this car is likely a draw among tourists. During the winter when there is snow and ice, I bet its a pain to run.

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  28. What a terrific image, Lisa. Love your composition and the post-processing. Nice texturing.

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  29. First, I love the texture you chose to use! The colors and perspective of the train are awesome. I’ve only ridden on a train one time and it wasn’t very enjoyable, sorry to say. But, they hold fantastic history and I’m glad the communities don’t wan’t to let go of that. I wonder what the inside looks like? Lovely!

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  30. a wonderful vantage point and perhaps a historic journey!!

    smart people in the surrounding communities, we don’t always need to be replaced just because we are older, some things get better with age (wink)!!

    and what a beautiful image!!

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  31. Awesome! I love old trains and anything vintage. I’m glad they’ve kept it. Love the processing on this photo!

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  32. I love how you’ve processed this image Lisa – lovely work!

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  33. A blast from the past. Heritage is worth preserving. Love the processing on this one, Lisa.

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  34. Beautiful! Long live this beauty.

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  35. The history of this car is so exciting Lisa! I’m a big fan of trains and enjoy riding them, however it’s been many years since we’ve had the opportunity to ride the train. Love your photo and the processing. Have a wonderful week my friend! xx

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  36. Hi Lisa,
    what a wonderful train and happy ride. Your photo is wonderful !
    Thank you very much for your compassion. My gallbladder are out now and I`m felling much better now.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  37. On board each train travel many dreams, but most of them never arrive to their destination.

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  38. Great photo Lisa! I have never ridden this car. It must have quite a bit of character!

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  39. Beautiful train, nicely done Lisa.

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  40. What a great perspective on this Lisa!! Hugs, Laurie

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