Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Chicago Transit Authority construction photograph of the Orange Line rapid transit. May 1990.

I took this photo looking west from south Kostner Avenue and west 52nd Street, in May of 1990. The gravel road I am standing on, was the Indiana Harbor belt Railroad's former Stockyards industrial branch, wich was abandoned in December of 1988 and dismantled the following year. These are the concrete trestle piers for the CTA Orange line rapid transit to Midway Airport, and run adjacent to the Belt Railway of Chicago tracks that serve the Santa Fe Corwith Yard. This corridor was being redeveloped for public transportation and new housing at the time of this photograph. The CTA Orange line opened for service in the fall of 1993. Rapid transit trains roar overhead today.

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