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Old November 25th, 2012, 04:44 PM   #521
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I really like those wooden platforms.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #522
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Really? I think they look so poor and provisionally or temporarily.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 06:13 PM   #523
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Really? I think they look so poor and provisionally or temporarily.
They don't look provisional to me at all, they look like they've been there for many many years. It just fits in with the old-school character of the 'L', I think.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #524
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Could you get a pesky splinter (slither?) from one of those platforms there
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:17 AM   #525
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The wood is of a good quality and preparation - no one gets splinters. The CTA recently had a problem though with wood that was installed ~2006 at stations rebuilt in the Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project. They started rotting way earlier than anyone had intended. I think they were replaced under warranty.

The wood is often necessary because the 'L' structures are not strong enough to support a concrete deck. This is apparent in the Red North Station Interim Improvements: most stations had their wood replaced with concrete but Lawrence (see news) could not because it was partially on an embankment (which can support concrete) but partially on a viaduct (which couldn't support concrete).
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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:02 PM   #526
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Sounds logic.

One more wooden platform


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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #527
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The wood is of a good quality and preparation - no one gets splinters....
Also, our winters really **** up concrete. Wood is way easier and cheaper to replace than concrete.

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The wood is often necessary because the 'L' structures are not strong enough to support a concrete deck.
Interesting. why then do Belmont and Fullerton have the massive concrete platforms when supported by the steel structure? (haven't been off at those stops in a loooong time...they might've redone the support structure)
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Old November 27th, 2012, 06:09 AM   #528
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It's not so much the sounds of its logic as the looks of its price tag.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 06:33 PM   #529
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It's up there...


...and down there...
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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #530
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Old November 29th, 2012, 09:55 AM   #531
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Interesting. why then do Belmont and Fullerton have the massive concrete platforms when supported by the steel structure? (haven't been off at those stops in a loooong time...they might've redone the support structure)

Belmont Red/Brown/Purple in 2006, with iron structure and wooden platform:
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Red line SB at Belmont by Steven Vance, on Flickr

And in 2012, concrete and steel structures with concrete platform:
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Belmont CTA Artwork by Zol87, on Flickr
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CTA 5000 series by drew*in*chicago, on Flickr
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Old November 29th, 2012, 10:09 AM   #532
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Some more videos of the CTA Holiday Train for Christmas.



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Old December 6th, 2012, 03:22 AM   #534
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Other types of trains also caught on film here
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Old December 8th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #536
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I think that wooden platforms is a shame for Chicago!
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Old December 13th, 2012, 04:05 AM   #537
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I agree. The wooden platforms are horrible. I prefer concrete platforms. It looks cleaner and they don't warp. Now CTA has to replace the wooden platforms all newly renovated stations because the wood was faulty at a cost of $5.7 Million. I prefer concrete platforms. http://www.chicagonow.com/cta-tattle...llion/#image/5
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It's not so much the material...more the way the planks are assembled...very uneven and capable of tripping you is the way I remember them.
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