Off The Rails: Listen to the officially unofficial Red Line Ghost Train playlist


You may have heard about the Red Line train that took off on its own this morning without a conductor.

The MBTA claims to be looking into the situation, but it appears the Ghost Train has already set up a Twitter account, leaving little doubt that it is tired of the bureaucracy, the complaints, and the pending winter weather (or maybe it decided to get a jump on escaping the noise pollution of the overly-festive Harvard Marching Band?).

Either way, this train is alive, it’s thinking on its own and it’s doing whatever it damn well pleases. Conventional wisdom is out the window: the train is on the tracks and it’s coming to a station near you.


Now, just in time for the commute home, where for the first time ever thousands of passengers will check to see who’s exactly at the helm of their metal transport mules, the Red Line Ghost Train has its own official song playlist. The 26-track collection has a bit of everything, from the Horrors, Primal Scream, and the Shout Out Louds to Guns N’ Roses, Rolling Stones, and (of course) Aerosmith, with one universal theme: you may usually get to your destination, but you rarely know who was responsible for getting you there.