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From the Boston Globe: 'If the nation's first subway system had a wise old uncle, it was George M. Sanborn.
Mr. Sanborn, who died Saturday, spent hours holed away in the state's quirky transportation library - where he worked nearly four decades - rummaging through tattered public documents to figure out the history of a manhole cover, the origin of a train station, or the portion of Massachusetts law that required conductors to wear hats. He was 77.' He had a typewriter on his desk, and spent his spare time restoring old trolleys.