MBTA Crew Gets Graffiti-Covered Trolleys Squeaky Clean
If only all the T's vehicles looked this good.
It took an entire night, boxes of rubber gloves, and some serious scrubbing, but a six-person crew managed to get rid of all the graffiti someone spray-painted onto two old trolleys at the Boylston Street station earlier this week.
From 11 p.m. Wednesday night, until around 5 a.m. Thursday morning, a group of T employees blasted the historic trolley cars, which were defaced by graffiti artists, until all of the paint was removed.
T officials said they are still trying to figure out who snuck into the Boylston Street stop between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, and tagged the vehicles on display with the words “FUGUE” and “CIGA.”
One of the trolleys required a little extra attention when workers blasted it with a high-pressure cleaner and other specialized equipment because the side of the vehicle was nearly covered in black-and-white paint.
The trolleys are owned by the MBTA, and the Seashore Trolley Museum in Maine. The trolley with the most damage, Car No. 3295, a PCC 3295,Â dates back to the 1950s.Â The second vehicle, the No. 5734 trolley, a Type 5 car, which was hit with just a few white-lettered tags, was built specifically for Bostonâ€™s subway system by the Brill Car Company in 1924.
Transit Police have turned to video surveillance to help further their investigation. Officials wouldnâ€™t say how the culprits gained access to the trolleys on display, which are guarded by a black fence.
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