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Old November 24th, 2010, 04:43 AM   #161
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Some more photos of the Red Line





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Old November 24th, 2010, 05:16 AM   #162
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I love how the stations are in the middle of the highway.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 05:31 AM   #163
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The CTA is actually studying on wether to extend the Red Line further south to around 127th Street.

http://www.transitchicago.com/assets...n_UPRR_LPA.pdf
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Old November 24th, 2010, 08:11 AM   #164
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Some photos of the Metra Electric Line.
















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Old November 24th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #165
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Metra needs to repair some of those wooden platforms, good lord they look awful.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 07:38 PM   #166
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Old November 24th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #167
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I like the French-style entrance. One of the few replicated art-nouveau style subway entrances outside of Paris.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 02:10 AM   #172
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Would it ever be possible to build longer individual cars that have three or four doors on each side, or would that require the lengthening of platforms?

I also wonder where the trains draw their power from when they reach a level crossing.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 08:03 AM   #173
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Would it ever be possible to build longer individual cars that have three or four doors on each side
No, then the cars would be too long for several curves on the system. CTA cars are approximately the same size as IRT cars.

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I also wonder where the trains draw their power from when they reach a level crossing.
Trains must coast across a break in the third rail. For this reason, they usually operate minimum four-car consists on the three lines with grade crossings. There are also trackside "stingers," which are probes with insulated handles connected to the 600V DC power supply by cables. In the days of two-man operation, a train operator stranded on the crossing could send the conductor to touch the stinger to the third rail and get the train across the gap.

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Metra Electric line...the only railroad to be electrified (aside from rapid transit services) outside of the Northeast United States.
Is there a reason you don't count the Chicago, South Shore & South Bend; the Black Mesa and Lake Powell; the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific; or The Milwaukee Road?
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Old November 25th, 2010, 08:17 AM   #174
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Well, South Shore line shares the same route as Metra Electric line until they split somewhere.... And is there really any railroad tracks that are electrified elsewhere?
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Old November 25th, 2010, 06:57 PM   #176
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Nice pictures, diablo234!! They show a very well rounded view of the CTA.

These are a few of my favorites:


This shows a typical elevated El stop in some of the weather we get in Chicago!!


I ride the Blue line to work, so I like pictures of this line. Look at the condition of the track. I forget if these tracks were replaced or not in the recent 2008-09 Blue line rehabilitation.


Nice downtown 'Loop' shot. Not many subway systems turn city corners with such sharp curves. The CTA train cars are much shorter than most subway cars around the world because longer cars would not be able to get around these sharp curves.


And finally, this is a great picture of the Orange Line showing the radically different elevated guideway structure compared with the rest of the CTA. The elevated sections of this line are built on massive bridge structures, or viaducts, which may be able to increase track speed and offer a quieter train to the surrounding communities and riders. On the other side, the structures are massive and may be more of a visual blight than the traditional CTA elevated structure. Who knows?
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Old November 25th, 2010, 10:16 PM   #177
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Well, South Shore line shares the same route as Metra Electric line until they split somewhere.... And is there really any railroad tracks that are electrified elsewhere?
Ninety percent of the South Shore Line has nothing to do with the Metra Electric. It's only the part in Chicago where South Shore is a tenant. CSS&SB ran big electric freight locomotives until the 1980s.


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Yes, several short line railroads in the West are electrified, particularly those serving coal strip-mining operations linked to power plants. The Milwaukee Road electrified two lengthy portions of its line through Missouri and Washington, but the electrification was removed in the 1970s, shortly before The Milwaukee Road's final bankruptcy and dismemberment.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #178
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Nice pictures, diablo234!! They show a very well rounded view of the CTA.
Thanks, but those are not my photos, I just took them from nycsubway.org.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 10:56 PM   #179
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Ninety percent of the South Shore Line has nothing to do with the Metra Electric. It's only the part in Chicago where South Shore is a tenant. CSS&SB ran big electric freight locomotives until the 1980s.


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Yes, several short line railroads in the West are electrified, particularly those serving coal strip-mining operations linked to power plants. The Milwaukee Road electrified two lengthy portions of its line through Missouri and Washington, but the electrification was removed in the 1970s, shortly before The Milwaukee Road's final bankruptcy and dismemberment.
Interesting...I guess what I should say is only the South Shore Line and Metra Electric lines uses electrified rail for passenger services...Not to mention they are the only ones to use high platforms.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 01:11 AM   #180
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One interesting tidbit about the South Shore Line is that is the only interurban line that is still in existance. They still have flag stops at certain stations where passengers must either ask the conductor to stop the train there or activate a strobe light that alerts incoming trains to stop at that station.











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