Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Westbound CTA Route # 77 Belmont Avenue electric trolley bus. Chicago Illinois USA. November 1951.
This unique old photograph from the northside of Chicago, comes from the Chicago Transit Authority's 1990 Historical Calendar. We are looking east on Belmont Avenue, at the intersection of North Kostner Avenue in November of 1951.
Seen here at the intersection, is a Chicago Transit Authority 1947 era Brill electric trolley bus. Chicago and many other citties in North America, once had electric trolley buses. I was born in 1962, and grew up watching and riding on the Chicago Transit Authority's electric trolleybuses during their final years in operation. I was only a kid then, but I can still remember them working on the CTA Route # 52 Kedzie /Californaia Avenue line, as well as the Route # 12 Roosevelt Road line, The Route # 53 Pulaski line, the Route # 78 Montrose Avenue line, and the Route 54 Cicero Avenue line.
CTA electric trolley bus operations ended on Sunday, March 25th, 1973.