This series starts by presenting a couple of
subway views and then a scene from each branch or line. It next returns
to Lechmere, and presents in more leisurely fashion views from the
various segments. The series ends with a return to the subway for
some final scenes.
Portions of the Tremont Street Subway beneath
downtown date to 1897. It is
the oldest underground transit line in the nation, and one of the oldest
in the world. Its nearest North American follower, the original
IRT subway project in Manhattan, opened about seven years later.
The crowd scenes can be very intense in the
subway, with its frequent trains and narrow platforms.
Passenger activity is very heavy during much of the day.
Park St. Station, scene for this photo, features four tracks for light rail, and is a transfer
point with the Red Line subway, downstairs.