In the summer time, kinks in the Commuter Rail tracks caused by heat can lead to some significant train delays.
But in the fall, it’s the wet leaves that have people hung up to dry and waiting for a ride along the Purple Line.
Known in the industry as ‘Slippery Rail,’ fallen foliage that collects along the tracks can impact commuter rail services by causing delays and damage to train cars and locomotives according to the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail.
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Crews spent the summer, however, trimming back the trees along the 650-miles of track to minimize interruption caused by wet foliage.
MBCR said in a statement that customers are still warned to expect some delays as the fall season approaches.