Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Westbound Chicago Transit Authority Yellow line / Skokie Swift train at the Kostner Avenue railroad crossing. Skokie Illinois USA. August 2008.
The ringing of the crossing gate bells, and the sound of the electronic
high pitched "Peanut whistle" on this westbound speeding CTA train...temporarily
breaks the silence on the very residential Kostner Avenue in north suburban
Skokie Illinois. This is the Chicago Transit Authority's Yellow line rapid transit
line, also known as the "Skokie Swift". The line has been in operation as such since
April of 1964, and utilizes a portion of the abandoned Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee electric interurban railroad "Skokie Valley Mainline", from Howard Street station in downtown Evanston Illinois, to Dempster Street station in Skokie Illinois.
The original name for the town of Skokie Illinois, was Niles Center.