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Date: 05/13/22 12:35
A CTA Ravenswood Train Blocking All Four Tracks
Author: MartyBernard

Chicago Transit Authority northbound Ravenswood Train crossing over at Clark Junction and Tower and blocking all four tracks.  This does not ocure anymore due to the new flyover.  The old tower is gone also and the new tower is on the right of the four tracks closer to my camera.  The shot is from the now gone bridge over the tracks at the Belmont Station on thr frosty morning of December. 14, 1972.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/13/22 12:39 by MartyBernard.




Date: 05/13/22 13:00
Re: A CTA Ravenswood Train Blocking All Four Tracks
Author: krm152

How interesting.  Thanks for posting.
ALLEN



Date: 05/13/22 13:27
Re: A CTA Ravenswood Train Blocking All Four Tracks
Author: SPDRGWfan

Weren't those trains referred to as the L.  (Elevated?).  In the late 70's I road the L with my sister and her husband who was born and raised in the Chicago area.



Date: 05/13/22 14:59
Re: A CTA Ravenswood Train Blocking All Four Tracks
Author: TAW

Cool shot. I rode through that plant a lot on both routes but never bothered to get off at Belmont for pictures.

TAW



Date: 05/13/22 16:26
Re: A CTA Ravenswood Train Blocking All Four Tracks
Author: kevink

SPDRGWfan Wrote:
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> Weren't those trains referred to as the L. 
> (Elevated?).  In the late 70's I road the L with
> my sister and her husband who was born and raised
> in the Chicago area.

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Date: 05/13/22 16:28
Re: A CTA Ravenswood Train Blocking All Four Tracks
Author: kevink

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Date: 05/13/22 16:29
Re: A CTA Ravenswood Train Blocking All Four Tracks
Author: kevink

SPDRGWfan Wrote:
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> Weren't those trains referred to as the L. 
> (Elevated?). 

The “L” stands for Loop after the loop of elevated trackage in downtown Chicago which is also referred to as the Loop. A second possible origin is the original street car loop downtown was actually a cable system with a continuous cable around the downtown.

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Date: 05/13/22 16:38
Re: A CTA Ravenswood Train Blocking All Four Tracks
Author: kevink

MartyBernard Wrote:
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>   This does not
> ocure anymore due to the new flyover.  The old
> tower is gone also and the new tower is on the
> right of the four tracks closer to my camera. 

One of the high points of my engineering career was the engineering design of the new flyover track and the 4 new mainline tracks between Belmont and Cornelia Street. While the flyover replaces the need to cross and block the other three mainline tracks, the final configuration will still have crossovers to allow northbound Brown Line trains to crossover when the bypass track (what CTA calls the flyover) is shutdown for maintenance.

Neat photo of what it used to look like.

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