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  1. A Push To Reinstate The #41 Elston bus

    When did the 41 end at Union Station? I remember it ending at the Chicago/State subway station/
  2. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    The NB signs are now in as far as Lake Ave. They've also added some guard rails in a couple of places.
  3. Washington/Wabash Station Build

    I used the new station for the first time last Thursday & what a wretched design it it. It was raining & the way they designed & built the angled canopy where the benches are was soaking wet, because the canopy didn't cover the benches. I really wonder why the architects are so lacking in the basics of what a shelter is supposed to do. But then we're stuck with those even worse bus shelters designed by NYC's most famous & more importantly, most incompetent architect, Robert A.M. Stern, who inflicted shelters on Chicago that have huge gaps for the wind to blow through. They were then built here by Chicago Scenic Studios, which mostly does movie & TV sets. They said they built them to the specs & blame the architect, not them!
  4. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    OK, that makes sense, but even a 10 minute top off is going to cause delays if the bus is late to the layover, as so many are.
  5. What's Left for Pace's Orion VI's 6000s?

    Not the ones from the Evanston garage. I've ridden many Orions from there that had both the A/C & the heat running at the same time in the summer. Why Pace never installed a simple shutoff valve for the hot water heating system has baffled me.
  6. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    I'm baffled by the "en-route charging stations". Does that mean the buses might need recharging during a run or does it mean charging up at the terminals?
  7. F40 repainting?

    As far as I'm concerned, thankfully it's just a wrap. It looks like it's going to pull a bunch of old IC Highliners.
  8. CTA HERITAGE FLEET IS BRINGING BACK TWO PCC CARS, 6101-6102

    My guess is that the conductor stood on the anti-climbers during turns, if he wasn't in one of the cars collecting fares.
  9. Washington/Wabash Station Build

    I think that was me. The entrance was through the fine china department. I was always amazed no one carrying bags of Field's goods never broke anything. I used it a lot & was there when the new station house was opened in 1963.
  10. Washington/Wabash Station Build

    Up to the end of the North Shore Line in 1963, there was a connection to the Outer Loop platform at Adams/Wabash through a building on the east side of Wabash. But I don't know if it had an elevator.
  11. Washington/Wabash Station Build

    One reason it's empty is that it no longer has a direct connection to LaSalle St. Station. It was once easy to get there, just go down to the mezzanine & walk right into the headhouse. Now you go all the way downstairs & have to walk a block & then go back upstairs in each direction. Why not build a mezzanine level enclosed connection on one side to the Board of Trade's new building & make it easy for people. My guess is after all that, people just take a bus or walk it now.
  12. Washington/Wabash Station Build

    My guess is that it will get replaced with a new set of platforms in the near future. It's a really narrow platform & some people are actually afraid to use it. It's also a long climb to the platform without a mezzanine & no elevator, so not handicapped accessible. Probably only one side at a time will get replaced.
  13. CTA HERITAGE FLEET IS BRINGING BACK TWO PCC CARS, 6101-6102

    1. Evanston was originally catenary from South Blvd. north to Linden. I remember it well. 2. I used to watch from the old Loyola platform, the North Shore conductors lean out the back door & raise the trolley pole on the Electroliners on track 1, on the curve at high speed & never miss. We used to laugh at the CTA trolley bus drivers who couldn't get their trolley poles on the wire while the bus was standing still! I believe the NSL used trolleys there because the gantlet track for the coal cars the CTA delivered to Lill Coal at Berwyn, where the Jewel now is, made the use of the third rail impossible. At one time, I believe the gantlet went past Howard, because the CTA & its predecessor delivered lumber cars to the Hines Lumber Mears Yard, where the west tracks of the Howard Yard are now. The Mears entrance was on Chicago in Evanston, just north of that last remaining building at the NE corner of Howard & Chicago. That's where my dad took me when we needed lumber in the 1950s.
  14. Random CTA

    Do you board at the rear door & pay a conductor, or is it just a motorman at the front? Does it still have all three doors, as the Green Hornets were the only PCC cars to have that & they were also offset on their trucks, so they could pass each other on some narrow Chicago streets.
  15. Orange Line a.m. trains to Kimball

    Since Ravenswood went to 8 car trains, there's no more reason for the Evanston Expresses to stop at Wellington, Diversey, Armitage & Sedgwick. That really makes them slow & once Wilson is open, even slower.
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