Orange Line cars rotting in Medford

Derelict by the railroad tracks in Medford, covered in graffiti and marred by broken windows, the old MBTA Orange Line cars are clearly not going out of style.

“It’s certainly an eyesore,” said Richard Caraviello, Medford City Councilman. “I hear there are people going in and out of them at night now.”

Caraviello said he has received about a dozen complaints in the past few months from residents in the River’s Edge Drive area, where the 40-year-old railcars are visible.

The MBTA is storing its old Orange Line cars, which are being scrapped, along a rail wall behind active train tracks to make room for its new fleet, said Christine Lentini, the T’s hazardous materials manager.

“There’s people drinking and smoking in there,” said Bill Saglik, 28. “I’ve seen the cops come in here a few times to check. I have heard from people here that they have heard noises from abandoned wagons.

Saglik lives in the Wellington Place apartment complex on Brainard Avenue, which he says is where many trespassers go to get to the abandoned trains through a low fenced area.

“It’s a nuisance,” he said. “I think they can do a better job of closing that area.”