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Sean Colby

Writer: Sean Colby

ABOVE: outside of State Street station at the corner of Washington and School Streets. The original sign was removed and a modern T sign put in its place.
This sign was put up by the MTA sometime during its 17 year existence, but it seems that it never met its intended goal. It still sits under the Green Line viaduct at the corner of Msgr. O'Brien Highway and Land Boulevard in Cambridge, just over the Boston line.

*This may have been removed during Green Line renovations associated with the Big Dig.

Part of a tiled "Massachusetts" sign is visible from the inbound platform at Hynes Convention Center/ICA. The station was originally named Massachusetts when it opened in 1914, and was renamed Auditorium in 1965 after the opening of the Hynes Convention Center. It got its current name, Hynes Convention Center/ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) in 1990.

This old signbox and sign is outside of Fields Corner Station in Dorchester, which is on the Ashmont branch of the Red Line. The actual age of the sign is unknown, but the use of the phrase "tunnel trains" might bring it back to when the station first opened, as a regular railroad once used the tracks until the line was converted for use by subway trains. The photo right shows the sign next to a modern T sign.

Though difficult to see due to the light, this Scollay Under sign is just beyond a false wall at the end of the eastbound (outbound) platform. It is similar to the one that was photographed just inside the tunnel. This sign, if it isn't preserved, might be covered or destroyed when the abandoned platform ends are reopened to accommodate six car trains on the Blue Line (all Blue Line trains currently run with four cars only).

This Fallout Shelter sign is inside the entrance to Government Center Station. Many of Boston's subway stations were designated as public fallout shelters during the Cold War, and food/rations were brought in and stored inside the stations. As the hysteria wore away and the program was abandoned, signs were taken down whenever a station was modernized or renovated. This is the last remaining sign in the entire system. Another one was in the same place on the adjacent wall until a couple of years ago, but for some reason it was removed while this one was left alone.

This "South Station Under" sign was uncovered during renovations of South Station, but it didn't look like this at first. When the sign was first uncovered much of it was missing and the rest badly damaged. Instead of re-covering it during the renovations, however, the MBTA decided to restore it. The word "Under" was used in stations that had more than one train level to avoid having to use two different names for each level.

This sign at Ashmont Station was never changed when the Red Line was extended from Harvard to Alewife in 1985, or when Washington became Downtown Crossing in 1987. Another unchanged sign is at the other end.

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