This is a photograph of one of the many changes that has taken place after I graduated from Chicago's Curie High School back in June of 1981.
We are looking west toward South Pulaski Road near where West 51st Street ends. Seen on the elevated embankment to the right, is the Chicago Transit Authority's Orange line rapid transit to Chicago's Midway Airport.
Prior to the official December 1988 decision to formally abandon the line, the land that the elevated embankment stands on today, was originally the very poorly maintained Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad's Stock Yard branch, also known in past years as the Chicago, River & Indiana Railroad. I witnessed many slow moving IHB switching locals behind old 1950's era EMD SW and NW series diesel switchers, painted in black and white Ney York Central style livery, with a jade green transfer or boarded up cupola caboose attatched. It was a 1950's style industrial branch line railroad operation during the late 1970's and early 1980's. It was vintage.
In December of 1988, the IHB abandoned this branch, and demolition of the right of way began in January of 1989. The CTA orange line officially opened for business in October of 1993.
The CTA provides frequent service on this line today between downtown Chicago, and the Midway airport station at West 59th and South Knox Streets on Chicago's southwest side.